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  • We’re Looking for Angel Tree Volunteers!

    We’re Looking for Angel Tree Volunteers!

    Posted October 30, 2018 By in News With | No Comments

    If you pass through Virginia Center Commons this holiday season, you might see one of the three Angel Tree captains for that mall. Ann, Margaret and Janice have been part of the program for years.

    “We have so many blessings to be thankful for and giving back some of my time to an organization like The Salvation Army makes me even more thankful,” said Margaret. “When you’re done, you feel like you’ve really made a difference in your community and it’s very rewarding.”

    After successfully registering more than 5,000 local children for Christmas Assistance this year, The Salvation Army of Central Virginia is looking for volunteers to assist with the next phase – Angel Tree.

    During Angel Tree, members of the community choose Angels (children ages 0-14) and Silver Bells (senior citizens ages 62+) from the trees displayed at area malls and corporations and purchase gifts for them at Christmas.

    VCC Angel Tree captains Ann, Margaret and Janice

    Volunteers sign up for two-hour slots at our Angel Tree locations throughout the area. They spend that time assisting adopters as they select their Angel or Silver Bell, filling out information cards for each adopter, providing details and instructions about the adoption process and collecting gifts as they are returned.

    “I love talking to the people that come get the Angels and [hearing] their history. Most of them have a story — how many years they’ve been doing it, why they’re doing it — and that’s very gratifying to me,” said Ann. “Everyone is so generous and it’s nice to see because you don’t always see that, where people are very generous to people that need more help.”

    Janice said her favorite part is when families bring their children along to select an Angel from the tree. She said many choose Angels the same age as their own kids.

    “It’s a very rewarding feeling, a very satisfying feeling, to think that a lot of these children who wouldn’t have Christmas, now have Christmas,” she said.

    Margaret said, for anyone concerned it’s difficult to volunteer, it’s not.

    “It’s very simple, but it takes a lot of people to do it,” she said. “Anybody who has two hours to spare, anybody who wants to help others, anybody who has an interest in their community, any group of folks who like serving others — schools, businesses, people who want to get together and work together for two-hour slots — we’re willing to accommodate.”

    The adoption period begins Monday, Nov. 5 and runs through Tuesday, Dec. 4.

    If you’re interested in helping us this year, please click on the links below to sign up for any of the spots that are still open.

    Chesterfield Towne Center: http://cerv.is/m?0243gF6VZMi
    Regency Square: http://cerv.is/m?0243gMNEKV4
    Short Pump Town Center: http://cerv.is/m?0243gb8hosk
    Virginia Center Commons: http://cerv.is/m?0243gyUMudS
    Southpark Mall: http://cerv.is/m?0243gF64bgo

    Divisional Headquarters | virginiasalvationarmy.org
    Territorial Headquarters | salvationarmysouth.org

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