Salvation Army's Corporate ' Angel Trees'

Wednesday, November 22nd 2006, 10:48 am
By: News On 6

Thousands of children and senior adults have a chance at a better Christmas this year thanks to the Salvation Army Angel Tree project. Of course, it only works if we help.

As News on 6 reporter Rick Wells explains, the Salvation Army hopes to improve the chances for success by bringing the Angel Tree to you.

Robyn James and Marilyn Stewart are hanging the Salvation Army angels on their corporate Angel Tree.

Robyn James: “This is Kenia, age 10. What she wants for Christmas is clothes toys and a bike and usually our employees will get all of these." Robyn James is the HR Director for Ramsey Winch.

They have had a corporate Angel Tree every year since 2000. There are 135 employees at Ramsey Winch. Each year they adopt 25 angels. Last year, they bought 15 bicycles for kids on the tree.

Salvation Army spokesperson Brad Borror says the need is enormous. "Close to 15,000 kids this Christmas are on our Angel Tree." He says there are 60 companies like Ramsey Winch who have set up corporate Angel Trees in the office.

The routine is pretty universal. Employees adopt the angels and go shop for the things the child wants. Robyn James: "I like to shop for the little girls cause I have a daughter myself."

Once the gifts are purchased they go to the Salvation Army distribution center, where an army of volunteers arrange them for pick up by the client families.

There is still time to set up a corporate Angel Tree in your office and to be a volunteer at the distribution center. For information on both call the Salvation Army at 918-622-2536.