It started three weeks ago with 25 kids in need, each name written in gold marker on the wing of an angel stuck to a Christmas tree.
Tuesday, the first annual McDuffie Mirror Angel Tree came to an end -- with all 25 children taken and bags overflowing with gifts filling the lobby of The Mirror office.
Mirror Editor Jason Smith unloads a bicycle at The Boys and Girls Club in Thomson. More than 25 wishes were fulfilled though The McDuffie Mirror's Angel Tree.
And in true McDuffie County -- and Christmas -- fashion, there were some folks who asked to adopt an angel but came in after the last ones had been given away.
Our Angel Tree would not have been a success without the generosity of the many residents and businesses that stepped forward to make a difference in the lives of children who may not have otherwise had a Christmas.
The overwhelming response to the Angel Tree has guaranteed its return next year. Our goal then will be to help 50 local children, and we know McDuffie County will more than rise to the occasion.
But The Mirror has not been alone in making Christmas bright.
Freedom Ford representatives gave away more than 100 gifts Monday night at their Thomson dealership.
Several youth groups and organizations spent time traveling around singing carols to local seniors and nursing home residents.
Various churches and charities have also filled the season with joy for dozens of families. These groups deserve your support all year around -- not just during the holidays. Remember them when you are cleaning out your closets or have a little extra money jingling in your pocket.
After all, it takes our support all year to help them make the Christmas season shine.