‘Tis the Season to Give

Dec. 19, 2012 –The Christmas season is in full swing among us. In the midst of decorating, shopping and entertaining, it’s also a great time to remember those who are not as fortunate as us.

That’s why the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama staff makes the choice annually to participate in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

Dozens of angel tags represent a local child, or angel, in need and his or her wishes for clothing and toys. EDPA employees pick a tag, or tags, and buy the gifts listed and return the gifts for the non-profit charity to distribute to Birmingham area children.

The Salvation Army started the Angel Tree program 33 years ago in Lynchburg, Va., with the aim of giving gifts to children, up to age 12, who might not otherwise have anything for Christmas. The organization works hard to make sure there are no “forgotten” angels and relies on the kindness of others to fill the needs.

Brian Wallace, a Birmingham Salvation Army spokesman, said the organization started the program this year with 7,391 angels in both Jefferson and Shelby counties. More than 3,000 of the angels were adopted by corporate partners, Wallace said.

EDPA is proud to be in that number.