Holiday Giving Program - Stories

November 1, 2016

Columbus Grandmother Tammy Smith was eager to share the importance of the Salvation Army to her family.  She and her husband have been raising their two granddaughters since they were babies.  Both grandparents have health issues that limit their ability to work. The family lives on a very tight budget and often struggles to cover household expenses.  Tammy shared that without help from the Angel Tree program her grandchildren would be receiving Christmas gifts from the Dollar store.  Last year the girls asked for a comforter bedding set.  Their bedding has always been mismatched.  

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A mother collecting gifts for her children was really grateful for help from the Angel Tree program.  She shared that she had three young sons and her husband had died unexpectedly a few months earlier.  He had been the breadwinner for the family.  The family was struggling financially and emotionally.  They would not have had presents without the support of the Salvation Army and the Angel Tree program.   Both the mother and the volunteer were tearful as they picked out clothes and toys for the three boys.

One mom took the time to write: "Thank you so much for what you've done for my family at Christmas.  It has made all the difference in the world.  God bless you all."

A couple standing in line to receive their Angel Tree packages, food and toys commented to a volunteer:      "It's been such a sad season for us.  We had my wife's father pass away and it seems there has been so much sickness.  This is the only bright spot we've had this Christmas.  Thank you for what you do."



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