Friday, December 12, 2014

The Joy of Giving through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program

At The Daniel we know that the spirit of the holidays is really about giving. With our guests in mind, we are always thinking about what we can give to them to make their stay with us the best experience. But at this time of year, we also recognize the need to turn our hearts and minds elsewhere, which is why we are so proud to be once again participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides new clothing or toys for children of needy families through the support of donors. Found in local companies and corporations, Angel Trees are decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child in need of presents. To take part, all you need to do is remove one or more tags from the trees (leaving the top part attached to the tree) and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags (leave gifts unwrapped).

All the trees at The Daniel have been turned into Angel Trees and are filled with the angel tags. With this holiday season fast upon us, we are making one last call for help to ensure that all those children in need of presents receive one this year.

We are asking for all gifts to be returned to The Daniel by Dec. 17, so we can distribute them in time.

A long-time source of donations worldwide, The Salvation Army has put a special emphasis in recent years on the Angel Tree program, pointing to the devastating impact of the Great Recession on many Americans, who are still struggling to recover from lost jobs, lost savings and lost homes.

With the day-to-day struggle for food and shelter often overwhelming, most families can spend little time on worries about how they can provide a gift or two for their children during the holidays.

The Salvation Army believes every child deserves to experience the joy of gifts during the holiday season — and we at The Daniel agree!

Thanks to the Angel Tree program thousands of children will find gifts waiting for them this year.

At The Daniel we hope we can make this number bigger and are asking all our guests and our local neighbors and friends to pitch in and make this happen.

Lastly, have no fear, if you can’t make it out to The Daniel in time for our Dec. 17 present deadline — but think the Angel Tree is a tremendous idea just as we do — you can still take part and help make children smile this holiday season. All you have to do is visit the Salvation Army online and support a child in need in your area: Donate.

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute gifts from Angel Tree efforts across the country, as well as holiday meals from the Salvation Army. Visit to find out how you can help where you live.

All the holiday trees at The Daniel look great and create a festive and warm holiday atmosphere for staff and guests, but there is no doubt the decorations take on a new meaning and fill us with hope that each tag represents one “angel” that we all could help in some way. Happy Holidays!

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