The Angel Tree Initiative kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, but WHNS Fox Carolina, It's local sponsors, and Salvation Army area corps are working diligently behind the scenes in order to spread the message of the main mission; let us all join together in a community effort of "Adopting Angels."
Shoppers visiting area malls across the Upstate and Western North Carolina will see holiday trees decorated with paper Angels. Each Angel represents a holiday wish list from a needy child in our viewing area.
By choosing an "Angel" from the tree, you are agreeing to help fulfill the holiday wishes of the child in need, that you have adopted. Each child's list will be a few toy items and some things they can really use throughout the year.
Everyone can agree, the holidays are a time when children all over look forward to opening presents. But this is not the case for all. Many of our area's children won't get the chance to experience the ripping of paper or hearing the sounds of joy coming from their siblings.
In the 2010 holiday season, of the 2,500 Greenville area Salvation Army parents, 3,000 Spartanburg and 1,500 Anderson parents that wanted their children adopted through the Angel Tree Initiative, only 20% of them were able to actually be fulfilled without the Salvation Army having to bear the cost or ask outside agencies to step in.
In 2011, Fox Carolina wants to change that by making this holiday season a memorable one for all of our area's "Angels"!
But we need the whole communities help to partner, to make that happen.
This year Fox Carolina, our loyal sponsors, and Salvation Army look forward to an ambitious holiday initiative focused on making every needy child's holiday wish come true. Together, we believe we can really make a difference!
The opportunities to help are not limited to ‘adopting angels" alone. Your involvement is crucial in the overall effort; from volunteering, adopting, and helping to distribute gifts, all are needed. Locate you local Salvation Army post and roll up your sleeves to make this year a success and let no child in the Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson or Asheville community go without this Christmas!