Over the Christmas season, several teams of Chick-fil-A volunteers visited the Salvation Army Angel Tree program at its warehouse in Tucker, GA. They spent their time helping sort through and package gifts that had been donated to local malls by community members, organizations and other partners. The gifts went to kids in the local area and their families. In addition to sorting gifts, the volunteers’ helped clean out the warehouse and turned the experiences into a day of sorting, cleaning and fun group bonding.
Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program was started by Majors Charles and Shirley White in the late 70s when they decided they wanted to make a difference in the lives of the area’s children during the holidays. They worked with a local mall in Virginia to provide Christmas presents to families who didn’t have the means to do so. Since its first year, Angel Tree has become a nationwide program, with hundreds of locations now participating.?
In the last three years, the Atlanta Angel Tree program has helped more than 30,000 children and seniors. Last year, over 9,000 individuals received Christmas gifts.