It was the Department of Environmental Protection's turn to participate in the Gov. Chris Christie’s annual Season of Service campaign on Friday, with the agency donating gifts to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

DEP staff bought 200 "wish gifts" for kids served by the Salvation Army West Central Region, which covers Mercer, Hunterdon and Somerset counties.

“The Salvation Army is a caring organization that serves underprivileged families in the Trenton area and across New Jersey in many ways every day,” said Commissioner Bob Martin, who formerly served as the chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Greater New York. “I was happy to see the generosity of our staff, who understands that the spirit of giving to those less fortunate is a gift in itself.”

“All of us here get a really good feeling by coming to work, picking a tag off the Angel Tree in the Commissioner’s office and going out and getting someone in need a present that you know will bring a smile to their face. It’s sounds like a cliche, but there really is something to the gift of gifting. I think we all feel it here this time of year and to know you’re fulfilling a wish, even if it’s too a complete stranger, is a gift in itself.” said spokesman Bob Considine.

“The Salvation Army thanks the DEP and everyone who will help us make Christmas brighter for more than 3,500 children in our community this season,” said Envoy Richard Pease. "Without the support of our generous neighbors, The Salvation Army would not be able to help others.”

The Season of Service gives members of Christie's administration to volunteer their time and highlight service opportunities. The program was inspired by 8-year old Aidan McManus, who has devoted his time and hard-earned money to feed the homeless and those in need in Burlington County.