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A Tree Makes All The Difference

December 20, 2013, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

A Tree Makes All The Difference
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It's Christmas time in the Gabo household, all seven kids helping mom decorate the tree. Their oldest son, Niyon, gets excited each time December 25th arrives.

"The toys, the candy and the songs they sing," Niyon said.

Faith Temple Church donated trees to different families in the community this year, and the Gabo family got one.

It's a gift that means so much to all of them, because their homes have always lacked one thing.

Jared: "Have you had a Christmas tree before like this?"
Niyon: "No. Never."

The decorating process was a special moment, as they all put up ornaments and lights for the first time.

"And then we put those golden thingy-majobies, and those bells and then that string," Niyon said.

They even used some of the extra decorations to make some fashion accessories.

"We had leftover string, so my sister, Francine, she wanted to make some necklaces for her friends, so I helped her make some, so did Julian, and they're wearing some, too," Pascaline Gabo said.

It was a memorable time for their family as their first Christmas tree stands tall in the family's first home thanks to the Habitat for Humanity.

"Today, I'm really happy because we got a new house, because we just moved in like a week ago, I think," Niyon said.

On Christmas Day, opening their gifts will mean that much more as they now sit underneath a well-decorated tree.

"Really good, and happy," Niyon said.

The Gabo family is originally from the African country of Burundi and have been in the area for about five years. They all say this will be the best Christmas they have ever had.

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