The Angel Tree campaign began at Arvest Bank Thursday.

The Angel Tree campaign began at Arvest Bank Thursday.

Salvation Army Lieutenants Philip and Elaine Canning were present, along with Mayor Wes Mainord and several other community members.

The program helps disadvantaged children receive Christmas presents. Trees are placed around Shawnee, with tags from children and information about gifts they would like.

Mainord took the first angel from the tree.

"Our community isn't very wealthy," Mainord said. "This is a great opportunity to give back."

"We can make a difference," he added.

Nancy Brooks, who picked up angels for the Shawnee School Board, said this is very important to the community.

"We believe in supporting the community and the children, who have so many needs," Brooks said.

The trees will be at multiple locations around the community, including Arvest Bank on Broadway and Walmart.

"This is going to kids who otherwise wouldn't have any type of Christmas," Philip Canning said.

"You can't overestimate the impact this has on people," he said. "To know that someone cares enough to step out of their routine and do something out of the kindness of their heart."

Canning added that the community effort behind this was very important, and very strong.

"The Salvation Army is only as good as the community around it," he said.

Canning thanked Shawnee for the community support, and said he hopes it continues.

Gifts should be dropped off at the location the tag was picked up. For more information call the Salvation Army at 405-275-4690