Leesburg, Va. (December 6, 2014) – For 35 years the Salvation Army has partnered with local businesses and area residents through the Angel Tree program to provide Christmas gifts for children 12 and under who otherwise might not receive anything.
You’ll find an Angel Tree at Dulles Town Center and in many other locations, like churches and meeting places for civic groups. Anyone who would like to grant the wish of a child can pick a tag off the Angel Tree. The tag lists the child’s sizes and suggests a few gifts the angel would like to receive. Ideally, each child will receive at least two gifts and an article of clothing.
Once the donor purchases the gifts they can return them unwrapped to the Angel Tree or drop them off at the Salvation Army at 10 Cardinal Park Drive in Leesburg.
According to Allen Tanner, Captain of the Salvation Corps in Loudoun, all of the angels designated to receive gifts have met specific guidelines to be included in the program.
“This year’s goal is to provide gifts to over 1,000 children from 400 different families.” Tanner added. “I’ve always been amazed at the generosity and willingness of Loudon residents to grant an angel’s wish.”
The Angel Tree Program, which originated in Virginia in 1979 before going nationally, along with the Red Kettles are two of the Salvation Army’s most visible efforts to make Christmas a special occasion for area residents.
For additional information, contact the Loudoun Salvation Army at 703-771-3371.