Angel Tree Celebrates Gift Giving

Gift-giving has been a Christmas tradition for hundreds of years, and although Barbie and Pikachu are not directly symbolic of the Christmas spirit, giving and receiving gifts has been an important part of relationships throughout human history!  It’s about being encouraged to think of those you love and the things your loved ones enjoy, and knowing that you are in someone else’s thoughts, too.  For those who are struggling to provide for their families, Angel Tree offers hope that Christmastime can still include this seasonal sentiment.

For over 20 years, Angel Tree has helped families facing economic hardships during the holidays.  This year, 12 Salvation Army Corps Locations, along with local businesses, churches, schools, organizations, and over 500 volunteers assisted Angel Tree in collecting multiple toys for approximately 17,000 children in West Michigan!

Families were overwhelmed with gratitude (and a few tears) as they shopped around the toy-loaded shelves of  their local Corps Community Centers during Angel Tree distribution.  – Santa would be coming to their home after all!  No child should be left behind during this time of year, and families felt relieved knowing that their loved ones would feel remembered this Christmas.

The Salvation Army deeply thanks everyone in the community who generously donated toys and hosted trees for Angel Tree so that every child could have a Merry Christmas.