The The Salvation Army of Big Spring kicked off their Angel Tree Season yesterday at the Big Spring Country Club with Big Spring ISD.
The first Angel of the season was selected by George Bancroft, Community Relations Director at BSISD. Salvation Army Captain Rachel McKain then announced that the BSHS Steers Football team and the Lady Steers Basketball team had volunteered to each adopt a family this holiday season. Both teams will now provide Christmas for the families selected, as well as fill a meal box that will provide a Christmas meal for the family. The meal box will be filled with 2 boxes of Turkey Dressing Mix, 2 cans of green beans, 2 cans of corn, 2 cans of cranberry sauce, 2 boxes of instant potatoes, and 1 dessert.
Head Lady Steer Basketball Coach Katie Voss, and BSHS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Mitch McLemore both agreed that it was important to help and give back to the community whenever possible and that it was a lesson that they were excited to pass on to their students.
According to Captain McKain, the Angel Tree program is available to assist families who cannot provide Christmas on their own due to economic hardship. The families apply for the program through the Salvation Army and then Angel Trees are set up at Walmart, Heritage Museum, Big Spring Country Club, and Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Each Angel has a wish and a need written on there for a specific child. Individuals and families can select an Angel from the tree and shop for those items. They then can drop off the items at the Walmart customer service desk or at the Salvation Army of Big Spring, located at 811 W. 5th St.
Empty meal boxes can be picked up at the Salvation Army of Big Spring if any individual, family, or business would like to fill one to donate for to a family this holiday season.