Every year at Christmas, thousands of children from struggling or low-income families wake up to find wrapped gifts under the tree, thanks to supporters of The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program.
Years ago, one of those "angels" was country music artist and bestselling author, Jimmy Wayne, who for years experienced the pain and uncertainty that come from being a child in the foster care system.
Wayne survived a turbulent childhood bouncing from home to home with his sister before ending up on the streets. During those difficult years, he and his sister were also adopted angels, receiving Christmas presents from kind, anonymous donors through the Angel Tree program. The gifts were a source of cheer amidst an otherwise dark time.
Now, as an advocate of the program, Jimmy’s doing more than just promoting a good cause. He knows from personal experience the incredible hope the program provides to children in need. The experience was so important to him that it inspired his 2004 hit song “Paper Angels,” referring to the angel shaped tags which represent the Christmas wishes of children and seniors up for “adoption," as well as the book he penned of the same name and released in 2011.
So we are thrilled to announce that this weekend, UPtv is presenting the UP original movie, Paper Angels, based on Wayne's book, and tells an emotional, heartwarming Christmas film about two families – headed up by actors Matthew Settle (Marshall the Miracle Dog, "Gossip Girl") and Josie Bissett (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Melrose Place”) – who give and find hope during the holiday season through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.
The nationwide broadcast will be featured on UPTV on Sunday, November 16 at 7:00 P.M. EST. (Find out which channel UP is on in your city!) A few months back, our friends at SAVN TV visited the set during filming to catch some interviews with Wayne and the stars of the movie. Check it out!
We give huge thanks to Jimmy Wayne for his devotion to giving children hope for a brighter future, and for his ongoing support raising awareness for our annual Angel Tree program.
If you would like to adopt an angel in your local area, please contact your local Salvation Army for details. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org for a list of locations near you.Tags: Christmas