With the holiday season in full swing, the GoodDude wanted to embody the spirit of the season and give back to those less fortunate. This year, the SchoolDude and FacilityDude teams provided clothing and toys to 175 children in the triangle, through the Salvation Army’s Angel tree program!
We hope that our efforts will give these children the Christmas and holiday season they have always dreamed.
The Angel Tree program is a wonderful program that allows disadvantaged children and senior citizens to make a list of their holiday wishes, then community members can adopt an ‘angel’ to purchase items for. Last year, the Salvation Army of Wake County provided holiday cheer to over 8,800 children in the triangle area.
Most of you have probably heard of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, but do you know the history?
The Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, VA, shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children during the holiday season.
The program got its name because the wishes of local children were written on greeting cards that featured pictures of angels. The cards were placed on a Christmas tree at the mall to allow shoppers to select children to help. Thanks to the Whites, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.
Three years later, when the Whites were transferred to Nashville, TN, Angel Tree was launched in the Music City. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ol' Opry, came on board that year as the first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the U.S. Thanks to WSM radio’s on-air promotion as well as national publicity on CNN and the Larry King Show, news of Angel Tree spread across the country like wildfire.
SchoolDude and FacilityDude have been involved with Angel Tree for several years, and the Dudes here in North Carolina look forward every year to putting smiles on children’s faces!