THOUSANDS OF NEEDY KIDS WILL HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS THANKS TO ANGEL TREE

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command will kick-off this year’s DC Angel Tree Program distribution on December 16 at 9:00 at the program’s headquarters located in Hyattsville, Maryland.  Majors Steve and Wendy Morris will cut the ribbon at the ceremony that will include Christmas selections from gospel soloist Deborah Edwards Bradley, and The Salvation Army’s National Capital Band Quartet, an all brass ensemble. 

The Salvation Army is giving nearly 6,000 DC children from more than 2,500 families a Merry Christmas this year thanks the generosity of the individuals, families, groups and businesses that support the Angel Tree, an emergency holiday assistance program that has been around for more than 25 years.  Throughout the Greater Washington area, just about 13,000 kids from more than 5,800 families will have a Merry Christmas thanks to Angel Tree.

The Angel Tree Program is meeting the need during a time of the year when many families are facing economic challenges and the possibility that their children may have to go without gifts for Christmas.  

In order to receive assistance, a family must apply for help during the early fall by going to their local Salvation Army office.  Once the application process is completed, parents create the child’s wish list which The Salvation Army gives to donors willing to “adopt” a child for Christmas (and purchase the desired items for the child.) 

The Salvation Army depends on, and is thankful for, the many sponsors who make the Angel Tree Program a success every year. Notably, the Association of Legal Administrators, a consortium of law professionals representing dozens of firms, adopted more than 2,400 “angels” this year making them the largest corporate sponsor in the DC area for this program.  

The Salvation Army is grateful to NBC Washington for its partnership in the 2011 Angel Tree Program and its ongoing commitment to Doing the Most Good through communities across the National Capital Area.

About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC.

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