Salvation Army delivers a very merry Christmas again
Des Plaines, Ill. – The Salvation Army has many programs throughout the year to help American families with basic needs such as food, shelter and warmth. One of the most recognized and traditional programs during the holidays, apart from the Red Kettle collections, is the “Angel Tree” program. Businesses, churches, clubs, and other organizations work together to help collect specific items for local children (ages infant to twelve). Each angel tag represents a child’s wish for Christmas- books, clothing, hats, gloves, toys and more.
On Saturday December 22, 2012, the Des Plaines Salvation Army distributed these gifts to over 600 families and 1,500 children. Food boxes including turkey breasts were also given to each family for a Christmas dinner on behalf of the Des Plaines Salvation Army. Lieutenant Shannon Martinez of the Des Plaines Salvation Army oversees this event each year to ensure its local success.
Over 50 businesses and organizations in the Chicagoland area took part in the Angel Tree program as collection locations. Two Men and a Truck® of Des Plaines/Chicago helped collect and deliver the children’s gifts from approximately 30 locations. Over $250,000 in gifts were collected and delivered with the help of Two Men and a Truck®.
Thanks to all the local business, the Angel Tree program continues to bring joy to hundreds of families and their children during the holidays.
(Pictured from left to right) Edwin Prieto, Danny Acevedo, Lt. Shannon Martinez (of the Salvation Army) and Nicole Wiese