Angel Tree serves more than 250 children
Saturday, December 22, 2012 3:59 AM
The Salvation Army in Madison has met its goal to provide clothes and toys to more than 250 area children this holiday season through its Angel Tree program.
Over the past two months, the Angel Trees were set up at locations in Madison. On Thursday, the Salvation Army reported that almost all of the approved families had received a donation. Starting in November, residents were encouraged to select a card from the Angel Trees and purchase gifts coordinating with the child profiled on the card.
Nancy Cutshall, a Salvation Army caseworker who helped organize the campaign, said she worked with local organizations to make sure that they did not duplicate services to area families. Through the Clearinghouse, the Salvation Army and other local drives such as Christmas with a Cop and Shop with a Firefighter, Jefferson County was able to serve more than 670 children this year, Cutshall said.
She said the Angel Trees benefit area children whose parents cannot afford to purchase Christmas gifts.
"Parents have not had to chose between paying a bill and buying Christmas (presents)," she said.
Cutshall said the Salvation Army received help from several local residents to collect and distribute the gifts, including Shelia Thompson, Polly Parks, Madeline Richardville, Ruth Poindexter, Sally Ricketts and Twila Thompson.
"They walked in and basically did it all this year," Cutshall said.
In addition to the Angel Tree program, Lt. Matt Phelps of the Salvation Army, reported that the organization has reached 88 percent of its goal for the 2012 kettle drive.
The drive will end on Christmas Eve, and bell ringers will not be out on Sunday.
So far, the program has raised more than $102,000 on its way to the goal of $116,000. Last year, the Salvation Army met its goal of $113,000.
Today, bell ringers will be located throughout Madison at Walmart, JCPenney, Dollar General, Big Lots, Kroger and downtown near Rogers Corner.
The money raised in the drive goes toward Christmas assistance but also the Salvation Army food pantry and meal program and youth and community outreach programs.
"There's really a large gamut of things that that money goes to," Phelps said. "So we're greatly appreciative of the community's support and could not provide that service without them."