Friends Surprise Salvation Army Angel Tree Organizers

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Updated: 12/16/2013 10:29 am

Reno, NV (KRNV & - It started as a regular night out at P.F. Changs for Kristopher Roman and his buddies until they saw an angel tree from the Salvation Army decorated with wishes from needy children in the community.

"We just came out for a few drinks and have a good time. And we noticed the tree and saw all the little tags on them," says Roman. "Some of the tags, you know, they're for the simplest things… like the bicycle… and i was just thinking, ‘I have, like, two bicycles that I don't use in the garage."

That's what got them thinking. Roman adds, “Those are such simple basic things that so many people take for granted and I'm like, ‘We can totally take care of this.’"

And that's exactly what they did. Roman and his friends decided to grant all 25 wishes from the angel tree.

The group spent four hours shopping in five different stores. His friend, Brian, took care of the bill- a total of $805.

Major Janene Zielinski, Washoe County Angel Tree Coordinator for the Salvation Army, got wind of their good deed.

"I'm so proud of Brian and Kris and all of his friends for being willing to take the step forward and do something great for needy kids in the community, and we know there's a lot of other wonderful people in the world like Kris and Brian that are willing to do that."

And she hopes more will be able to give what they can when they see an angel tree in their neighborhood.

"Whether it’s one gift or 400 coming in at once, every single one is necessary and every one will be special to a child."

There's about 106 angel trees in Reno that will help 10,000 to 11,000 children have a merry Christmas. Zielenski says a thousand families have received gifts for their children, and they're looking to help 2,000 more families.

To find an angel tree, visit:

Gifts may also be distributed at the Salvation Army Distribution Center at 7175 South Virginia Street from 9am-7pm, 7 days a week, until December 23, 2013.  


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