Lancaster calling all angels
December 12, 2012 by Mark
Each Christmas, some children in Lancaster and other parts of Fairfield County miss out on gifts under the tree because their families may be going through a difficult time and find it hard to buy presents. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program was designed to assist these families and help meet their needs.
Community members are relied upon to ‘adopt’ an angel from the Angel Tree and help provide gifts and other needs to children, disabled adults, and senior citizens who would otherwise have no gifts to open on Christmas morning. People can adopt an angel at many local businesses throughout the community. Tags on the tree include information about the ‘angel’, such as gender, age, needs, and Christmas wishes.
Children who are not adopted still receive gifts through various fundraisers, toy drives, and donations held by the Salvation Army.
While fundraisers occur throughout the year, the holiday season generally sees a larger number of drives, charitable events, and fundraising activities. Members within the community are often made aware of these events through flyer printing, poster printing, and other advertising methods.
The Salvation Army provided over 600 children with food and gifts during the 2011 Christmas season. Angel Trees in Lancaster are located at Kids Stop, Check Smart, Waffle House, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Risch’s Pharmacy, Rooster’s, Rich and Jamie’s Place, Papa John’s, 4 Reasons, buffalo Wild Wings, and Fairfield National Bank.