The Salvation Army Angel Tree program is an annual event that I have participated in over the past five years because of a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is a survivor, and after her treatments she wanted to give thanks by giving her time to the Angel Tree project.
Each holiday season, the Salvation Army gathers gifts for the needy children in our Big Island community. These children have a wish list and items from that list is placed on a tree ornament. “Angels” come by the table, select an ornament, then go to a retailer for the gift item and come back with their purchases.
In the past, I’ve seen some generous donors make repeat visits to the table. Many of the volunteers at the table come from service groups within our schools, local churches, or community organizations that want to help in any way they can. During the holidays we see evidence of the Salvation Army’s community services throughout with the bell ringers outside local establishments.
If anyone is interested in volunteering to sit one of the four-hour shifts still available, they can contact Captain Shoshannah Ruwethin at the Salvation Army – Hilo, 935-1277.
The Angel Tree project begins on Friday, November 25 and continues through Sunday, December 18, 2011.
The Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division of The Salvation Army covers the state of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands including Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands and The Federated States of Micronesia.