December 1, 2017
The joy of having gifts to open on Christmas was made possible for 55 children because of the generosity of the Holladay Properties team members in Nashville, TN.
For a second year, Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, which provides new clothing and/or toys for children of needy families, was promoted by Holladay. On Halloween, the Elm Hill Pike office held a Chili, Soup and Stew Cook-off and Dessert Cook-off where a fee was charged to those wanting to taste and vote; the proceeds from that event sponsored 9 angels. Congratulations to the 2017 Cook-off Masters Kelly Manion, SVP-Property Management, and Cheryll Schroth, Operations Manager, for being voted the best chili and dessert, respectively. Then, Nashville employees individually sponsored an additional 46 angels.
In the office, the Angel Tree was decorated with angel tags with the first name, age, and gender of a child who were in need of a gift. Sponsors removed the tags from the tree and purchased appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags and delivered the unwrapped gifts on December 1. The gifts were then delivered to the Salvation Army to be distributed in time for Christmas.
The purpose of the Angel Tree is to provide toys/gifts for individuals in need; to eliminate the cost of toys/gifts that would normally be part of The Salvation Army’s holiday expenses, thus making more funding available for emergency needs such as food, clothing, shelter, rental assistance, fuel assistance, etc.; to offer the opportunity for supporters to assist someone in need by selecting an “angel” and purchasing a special gift for that "angel;" and to offer supporters the opportunity to provide items needed by The Salvation Army for the holiday season, as well as throughout the year.