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>>> joining me now is janet with the children's christmas tree. they are making the holidays bright. how are you? >> i'm doing good. >> what is the children's christmas tree? >> what we do is we take applications from families that are needing help during christmas time. we take ornaments and put them on the local bank's trees. you can pick one up. we put information on there so you know what you are trying for a child. you'll just pick a boy age 3 or girl age 10 and we'll give you a pper that hello tells you what their christmas wishes are and their sizes of clothes. >> how did this all get started? >> back in 1982 sandy jeter saw it happening in other towns an decided we could use it in jacksonville. so personally, me and my family have been involved with it since 1982. lots of kids go through there. we have just found that in the past we put our ornaments on the banks' trees in the banks in town. people don't walk into the bank so much anymore so we are having to get the word out. if ya'll have business in jacksonville and want to put a fw names on your tree to have people pick up and sponsors, we'll have those available. we are just trying to get it out there so let them know we have approximately 250 kids this year on our program. that is a lot to try to sponsor. >> tell us about these children that the gifts are going to. >> we just -- anywhere from your 3-year-olds to your 16-year-olds. if they are in school then we have them and we ask them to bring in a christmas wish. we know what to give them. we have everything from sports, they want the balls. we do a lot of bikes always. we don't really get to know the k kids, we get to know their sizes and things and how much they need. >> this is great that you are giving back. children get so excited for these presents at christmas time. you are bringing so much joil to the little ones. why is this so important to have here? >> well, i think christmas morning is a time when we want to forget the ugliness in the world and these kids wake up and they, too have christmas under their tree. they don't always have everything. families have hard times. this lets them forget about that during the few hours on christmas morning. >> if people want to help out or volunteer for anything with the children's christmas tree organization can they contact you? >> they can. they can find me on facebook and can also call my number on the sc screen. i'm always willing to talk. it is really close to my heart and it is my goal to get the kids sponsored. you can make a donation at any austin bank. just tell them you want to put it in for the children's christmas tree fund. you can also -- we are going to be at the shop and swap in jacksonville this weekend. we are going to have t-shirts that we sell. you can go on our facebook page and find those. we'll be glad to ship them to you for a shipping cost. . it is just sharing the magic of christmas. we had210 kids on our tree last year and only 85 got sponsored. the funds that were donated into our account we used to buy christmas for the kids that weren't sponsored, but it only managed about $50 a kid. if you have $50 you can spare

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