West Texas AIG helps create new Christmas memories

West Texas AIG helps create new Christmas memories

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The countdown toward Christmas is on and with it comes the rush. 

It is easy to get lost in the hype but West Texas American Institute of Graphic Arts is hoping to change that for those who are slightly less fortunate. 

Volunteers spent their Saturday taking portrait shots free of charge for the holidays. It was part of Help Portrait which is a nationwide event helping those who might not be able to afford Christmas pictures. 

"They're so appreciative of everything we're doing here today," said Angela Guthrie, one of those who volunteered. "They, the smiles and the looks on their faces, the look in their eyes, it's crazy how such a small thing makes such a big difference."

Everyone that came in could get a makeover and a bite to eat before getting their picture taken.

"It's fun just to bring a smile to someone's face," said Paul Hernandez, another volunteer. "They're sitting in our chair for 25-30 minutes while we straighten their hair, curl it, whatever, and they feel special. I mean we can just see them sitting there with a smile on their face the whole time. We're getting to help with their makeup."

Everyone who got their picture will receive it just in time for the Christmas holiday. 

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