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CLS Teams with Salvation Army for Annual Angel Tree Project

Members of the Pepperdine School of Law's Christian Legal Society have teamed with the Salvation Army, Santa Monica for the organization's annual Angel Tree children's gift program.

Working to ensure that no child is left without a gift for Christmas, the Salvation Army began organizing the Angel Tree gift program, relying on community volunteers for many of their needs. Annie Lawson, a second-year law student and member of the Christian Legal Society, answered the call, taking responsibility for 55 gift tags.

"Each tag represents one child," Lawson said. "The tag lists a few basic needs that the child has, like clothing, and also lists a gift the child wants. That way the person purchasing the gift has a few options. All of the gifts are identified by a parent or guardian." Lawson continued, noting that the program generally represents low-income families in the Los Angeles area, many of which have at least one parent in prison.

Nearly every one of the 55 tags was sponsored within days of Lawson notifying members of the Pepperdine Law community of the program's needs. Among the purchases are five bicycles.

"The response has been amazing," Lawson said. "I think it's easy to get disconnected when you are in law school. To get caught up in finals and to get self-absorbed. But this gives us a chance for a reality check – to wake up and realize what's going on in the world."

The unwrapped gifts, which were collected by Lawson, will be delivered to the parents and guardians of each child on December 19th.

"When we give the gifts unwrapped it not only provides the parents with a chance to check the quality of the gift, but it also gives them the chance to personalize it by wrapping it themselves."

Volunteers are needed for the December 19th delivery. For more information, please contact Annie Lawson at annie.lawson@gmail.com.