Salvation Army Puts Gifts Under the Tree for 1,500 Children

Hundreds of moms and dads gathered inside a loading bay at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne this morning to pick up Christmas gifts for their children.

The Loudoun County Corps of the Salvation Army officially opened the doors to families as part of its annual Angel Tree Toys Distribution Program, which will provide gifts for 1,500 children this year.

Volunteer Sharon Thomas said she and other volunteers have been at the conference center every day of the week for a month bagging the gifts to hand out to families. Many volunteers have been working from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day this week to make sure everything was ready for this morning. “This is crunch time,” Thomas said.

Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk was also present this morning to cut the ribbon and celebrate the start of the gift distributions.

“It offers something that’s very important,” she said. “Everybody’s so excited.”

Earlier in the year, gift donors picked tags off Angel Trees that were set up in shopping centers around the county. Donors were then able to purchase gifts for the children based on the age and gender of the child they selected.

During the next few days, 708 pre-registered families will make their way to Lansdowne to pick up presents for their children.

“Let no lack be there for any kid,” said Pradeep Ramaji, captain of the county’s corps. “God bless this community.”

Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk performs the ribbon cutting and officially opens the 2017 Angel Tree Program for business. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]

2 thoughts on “Salvation Army Puts Gifts Under the Tree for 1,500 Children

  • 2017-12-14 at 9:23 pm

    It is unfortunate that no one mentioned the Loudoun County Marine Corps Det.1205 from Purcellville, Va. who supplied all of the toys for the Salvation Army.
    To the best of my knowledge, as of today, over 5,000 toys have been given to the Salvation Army .

    We Start our “Toys For Tots” Program ion October 31st, when we do the Halloween Parade in Leesburg. From that date through Dec. 24, all of our volunteers are hard at work collecting and distributing toys to many non for profit groups and families.

  • 2017-12-14 at 9:24 pm

    In reference to the Salvation Army toys story, I’m wondering why there was no mention of the recognition given to the Loudoun County Detachment of the Marine Corps League by the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army would have had no toys to give had it not been for the Detachment’s Toys for Tots program, which annually provides around 30,000 toys for the less privileged children of Loudoun County.

    An answer would be appreciated.

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