As the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program draws to a close, local retailers are still doing whatever they can to assist needy families in the area. Burke’s Outlet in Waxahachie decided to participate in the program by placing 65 angels on its tree.

Supervisor Monica Sanchez said they received great participation from their shoppers and are now down to four angels.

“We’ve been associated with the Angel Tree program for the past three years,” Sanchez said. “Our shoppers really helped us out by taking on the challenge of assisting families in need.”

One of Sanchez’s employees and also a supervisor Janie Fulmer said this year was a little different because they placed seniors on their tree along with children.

“We added some seniors this year and it proved to go over really well,” Fulmer said. “We received quite a few gifts for the elderly and we were thankful to see that.”

Fulmer said Burke’s is very passionate about this program because helping others during this time of year is what it’s all about.

“We want the community to know how important it is to help people,” she said. “And also how important it is to get involved with the Salvation Army, because it’s a really good organization.”

Lt. Jeremiah Romack said Burke’s has helped them out with the program for the past three years and it has been an amazing partnership.

“We really appreciate their hard work and them helping us out with this program,” Romack said. “During this time of year we have a lot of needs that need to be met in Ellis County. And Burke’s is one of those companies that stepped up and said, ‘Let us help you out. We want to do something and give back.’ They took 65 angels and for them to only have four left is simply amazing.”

Romack added that’s a great return on what they’ve done and it’s a great example to everyone of what this program is all about.

“You don’t have to do really big things,” he said. “A bunch of small things add up and we’re able to do something really big and really fantastic at Christmas time for the community.”

Local firefighters were on hand to assist Romack in transporting all the gifts back to the Salvation Army in preparation for distribution day, which is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 507 Hwy. 77 in front of the old Buffalo Creek movie theater.

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