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Unique angel tree program to help children hit by Florence

The angel tree is part of an effort by Laura McGovern and Magnolia Jane Salon in New Bern. (Greg Payne, NewsChannel 12 photo)

The road to recovery from Hurricane Florence continues to be a long and tough process for many, including the children.

Over three days, Hurricane Florence hit the Eastern North Carolina region, changing the lives of many forever. For Laura McGovern, her escape from hurricane recovery is within the walls of her business, Magnolia Jane Salon in New Bern.

"We had four feet of water in our house during the storm and we are living upstairs without a kitchen and without heat we are in one room upstairs," said McGovern. "As heartbreaking and as devastating as it is and hard for me to process it, as an adult I can't imagine grasping what is going on as a child."

McGovern contacted the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plains, asking them to provide a Christmas wish list from the children so she could start an angel tree to collect gifts for them. The list she got in return she wasn't expecting.

"I was expecting toys and games and DVDs and it was shower curtains, door mats, pots and pans, cups and plates and it really brought it to perspective the magnitude of impact that the storm has had on our community," McGovern said.

"I highly recommend stopping in with your kids, let them pick an angel out so you'll pick one out," McGovern said. "You'll shop for them, bring everything in new and unwrapped and it will be given out to a kid or family that is very appreciative of your help."

If you'd like to help, you can send an email to Magnolia Jane Salon or visit the business' Facebook page. The collection will go until Dec. 14 with the gifts given out on Dec. 18.

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