International Paper is Santa’s New Workshop

Published 10:12 pm Saturday, December 15, 2018

To The Leader


This year the Salvation Army is helping to provide gifts for approximately 325 Children through its Angel Tree Program.  Maybe you have seen one of our trees around town, either at Walmart or other locations such as First Financial Bank, Lamar University, Sabine Credit Union, Cecil Toyota, Looking Good Salon, as well as other churches & organizations.

Maybe you found a tree and all the angels were already gone. This year the angels went quicker than ever and part of that was due in part to the amazing generosity of International Paper.

This was their first year to organize an Angel Tree at their plant; the staff way exceeded the original thought of providing for 25 Angels.  By the end of it all, they were able to provide for all 85 children.  The first 75 Angels were provided through our office and when the demand was still high to want to help, they then drove around town to other public trees to find another 15 Angels.

Captains Jan and Frankie Zuniga, on Wednesday, took the time to say thank you to a group of those who shopped and shared with them how these gifts will impact the lives of the children who will be blessed to receive them.

“We are completely overwhelmed by what International Paper has done!” Capt. Jan Zuniga said. “Last year we had approximately 85 Angels never adopted, so their amazing generosity will make a difference in making sure everything else we have received is used for the Angels who have been adopted but somehow never make their way back to us.  We cannot wait until next Thursday, December 20, to see the faces of the parents who will be coming to pick up for their children.”