Helping the Most Vulnerable Experience Christmas Joy

The following was contributed by Jennifer Fisher, Social Media Specialist, for The Salvation Army of Chattanooga, TN. Visit their blog for the latest updates at salvationarmychattanooga.wordpress.com. You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSalvationArmyChattanooga and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SalArmyChattown.

 

An excited Angel Tree Program recipient in Chattanooga, TN.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, The Salvation Army will touch thousands of people’s lives who might otherwise not have anything under their tree this Christmas. Through The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, which started in Virginia in 1979, necessities and Christmas gifts are provided for disadvantaged children and senior citizens (age 60 and older).

Because of our generous community, in 2011, the Greater Chattanooga Area Salvation Army was able to provide 4,813 angels with Christmas joy!

I have been with The Salvation Army for over three years, or as we like to count in The Army, this will be my fourth Christmas.  Every year I am amazed at the generosity of our community and how many people step up to help one another through their monetary donations, collection drives and volunteering their time.

We have so many volunteers who work hard to ensure that others in need will have a brighter Christmas.  It’s truly a wonderful sight to go to the distribution location to see the happy faces of the families picking up their Christmas gifts as well as the volunteers who are happy to be serving.  There is always laughter, hugs and tears of joy on these days.

One of our Angel Tree donors wrote:

I usually try to do something special at Christmas – pay a utility bill anonymously, help inner city kids at church, contribute to a food drive, etc.  At the mall I was drawn to your Angel Tree.  For my Angel, I chose a 9 year old girl.  Because I have no children & don’t recognize a lot of toys & teen idols, I chose her because she had “wish” choices that I could identify.

First on the list was a CD player.  I thought (expensive); stick to smaller stuff.  Then I remembered how excited I was when I received my own record player for Christmas when I was eleven.  Because of this memory, I went to Kmart & found a small CD player and a CD of her favorite singer.  I also bought her a book & poster of her heart throb (I had to ask who this young boy was).  At the Gap, I bought her a matching scarf, hat, and gloves.

I spent more than I expected, but I remembered how hard it was growing up knowing that I would not receive many gifts at Christmas.  My parents worked hard to provide some “extra” things under the tree for my siblings and me.  It was a wonderful feeling to help this little girl and her family!  I hope everyone will be touched by the love of Christ and the true meaning of Christmas!”  

 

This is a time for family and friends, warmth and good food, gifts and laughter.  I feel so blessed that I work for a ministry like The Salvation Army where I can help make sure even the most vulnerable in our community experience the joy of this Season.

May our Lord richly bless you and your loved ones during this Christmas Season!

 

6 Comments on “Helping the Most Vulnerable Experience Christmas Joy

  1. helping the most vulnerable during the Christmas holiday means denying a baby on his 1st Christmas toys at Christmas then your organization ranks at the top. My grandsons mother was denied toys from the salvation army in the toys for tots program because she had no transportation to the office to sign him up and it was the last day to sign up that’s not very Christian of them?

  2. Would like to see if some one their could help me and my girls for Christmas. We have had it hard this ur and last one too. Someone said to try to get with u guys to see if u can help. One girl is11 marthagrace the other one is chanda and she is 9 if i can help let me now that way i can give u more information u might need.

    Thanks mardenin mcmillan

    423/285/4626 with any questions.please

  3. Mardenin – thank you for reaching out! All requests for assistance should be made through your local Salvation Army office as resources and programs vary by community. You can find this contact info at http://www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. If you have trouble reaching someone there, please send us your exact needs and full contact info to MediaRelations@USN.SalvationArmy.org. Thank you in advance!

  4. Hello I have a daughter that have hurlers syndrome I did try and put her on ur Angel tree but because of her age u all can’t help her she is 19 and 38 pounds and 3 ft I don’t understand that

  5. I would greatly appreciate if someone would be an Angel for my three daughters…22, 15 & 7. We haven’t had a Christmas the past two years because we were struggling to get off the streets and in our own home. We have that and we are blessed but afraid we will lose it since I’m disabled and not working… waiting for SSD approval.

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