Julie Fine, NBC 5 News
Dallas resident Hunter Woodlee used Facebook to invite friends to get angels from the NBC 5 Salvation Army Angel Tree.
Fifty people showed up at NorthPark Center on Thursday to make sure children have a merry Christmas.
Dallas resident Hunter Woodlee used Facebook to invite friends to get angels from the NBC 5 Salvation Army Angel Tree but never expected the crowd that showed up.
"I was extremely shocked," he said. "I thought maybe we would get 25, 30 people."
His plan took on a life of its own because so many of his friends wanted to get involved.
"I don't think any kid should wake up without anything for Christmas," he said. "It is sad enough that that is a reality."
Many of the group headed out to shop. Some took even more angels for friends could not make it, and they plan to make it an annual trip.
"It is the season for giving," Thy Hoang said. "If you have the means, whether it is time or money or whatever, you should be kind to one another, no matter what."
There are almost 17,000 angels at trees throughout the Metroplex that need to be adopted before Dec. 8. All angels should be returned by Dec. 9.