The Salvation Army is known for their good works during the holidays. Many recognize the impending Christmas season when they see the familiar red kettles and hear those ringing jingle bells outside of grocery stores and pharmacies. In addition to that, they are also responsible for the creation of the Angel Tree program.
Angel Tree was created in 1979 and still today remains a huge part of Salvation Army’s Christmas efforts. The program gives individuals and corporations the opportunity to “adopt”, or sponsor, less fortunate children and seniors and provide them with gifts and necessities that they would otherwise go without. Many of those who sign up for Angel Tree would receive very little, if anything, during the holiday season, so donors can be confident that their gifts will make a huge difference in the lives of those they sponsor.
This year, the Nashville Angel Tree program saw record enrollment with 17,000 children and seniors signing up for a Christmas sponsor. Unfortunately, the community support has not yet met the overwhelming need and there remain an estimated 13,000 children and seniors still in need of sponsors–with only 20% being sponsored thus far.
The deadline for Angel Tree is Dec. 3. After that, there will be drop off sites at all Daily’s convenience stores in the Nashville area.
For more information about Angel Tree, visit here.