CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio, December 19, 2012 - To help make the holiday season brighter for those in need, Lake Health team members donated clothes and toys to 127 Lake County children they adopted as part of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program.
The children were selected from among the 831 program participants whose angel tags adorned Christmas trees displayed at Lake County businesses, shopping centers and restaurants. The Angel Tree program, created in 1987, distributes tags to various businesses and organizations. Each tag provides a child's first name, age, gender, clothing size, and three suggested gifts, allowing individuals and organizations to purchase toys or clothing items for children in need. Overall, a record 326 bikes were collected for the children this year.
"This is what the Christmas season is all about for us, helping those who can't otherwise help themselves," said Nicholas Gilpin, social service ministry director for the Lake County Salvation Army. "We truly appreciate the incredible generosity of Lake Health employees and the entire community. There will be many smiling faces in Lake County on Christmas morning."
"The Angel Tree Program helps families who aren't able to provide Christmas for their children," said Gary Robinson, Lake Health's vice president of government and community affairs. "For all of us, it was an opportunity to give a little, but make a big difference in the lives of area children."
Children in the program are from families screened through the Salvation Army. Families must meet strict eligibility criteria to participate.
"The need is greater than ever," Gilpin said. "We make sure that all the children who participate will wake up Christmas morning with something under the tree."
If you are interested in hosting an Angel Tree next year at your church, school, club or business, call Nicholas Gilpin at (440) 354-3774.