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Volunteer helps do the most good

Georgiana Soderberg explains why she volunteers...and why you should too.

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -

Over 1,000 families and 3,500 children will benefit from this year's Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

Tuesday we heard from a woman who is living out the adage that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

It's been at least 15 years since Georgiana Soderberg first volunteered with the Salvation Army's Angel Tree distribution.

Let's hear her explain in her own words why she is still doing it, what she gets out of it and why you too have something to give.

"Frankly I love the people. And when I saw the Salvation Army officer stop everything that was going on around her and say a prayer for a young woman who asked for prayers...I thought...this is pretty good. And that is what has kept me coming back."

"And you have been doing it ever since."

"Ever since. I enjoy the sense of completion that we are helping a family. I help with registration so I can follow families through the entire process. I like being able to take things to parents' cars and wish them Merry Christmas."

"What I get out of volunteering both here and elsewhere is the sense that I am giving back to the community. That's part of my faith...to give back. It's what I'm supposed to do as a human being in this world. I'm supposed to make this world a better place."

"Everybody can contribute something."

We don't do a person of the week...that is ABC World News Tonight's gig...but if we did...Georgiana Soderberg would be this week's honoree. She encourages us all to find opportunities to give back and help others.

600 families picked up food boxes and gifts today. Another 400 more will do the same on Wednesday. Thanks to all who bought gifts for kids on the Angel Trees.

Air date: December 18th, 2018

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