This December, the students, staff, and faculty at Ross Medical Education Center in Charleston partnered with the Salvation Army of Charleston through their Angel Tree project to “adopt” two Christmas Angels. The Angel Tree program collects donations for local children to give them a Christmas that their families otherwise could not afford.
The staff and faculty were very excited to give back this holiday season, and they could not think of better recipients of their generosity than area children. After hearing about the Angel Tree program that the Salvation Army does every year, the campus knew that was the perfect way to make a positive impact on their community. The program is quite simple: there is a Christmas tree covered in tags with the details for a different child on each, but the impact is immeasurable as many children are able to open gifts on Christmas morning thanks to area organizations that partner together. The Charleston campus decided to select two children, one boy and one girl.
Throughout the month, everyone at the campus worked hard to bring in their contributions, and by the end of the drive, over $250 worth of toys and clothes were donated to the Charleston Salvation Army Angel Tree program to help provide Christmas gifts to children and families that could not afford gifts this year. Cyndi Tawney, Charleston Campus Director, stated “It is so important to give to those in need over the holidays, especially families with children. Our staff’s gesture of kindness allowed us to give Christmas to two deserving children.” The campus plans to continue the Angel Tree tradition next year and provide a Christmas to even more deserving children.
If you are interested in learning more and/or partnering with the Salvation Army in your area, visit their website at http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/, their Facebook page, or read more about their Angel Tree program and other programs on their blog!