Angel Trees provide holiday help for military families

Travis Johnson, with Child, Youth and School Services, selects an “angel” from the Angel Tree located in the Army Community Service lobby, Bldg. 2503. The Angel Tree Program provides Team APG with the opportunity to give gifts to military children. | U.S. Army photo by Rachel Ponder, APG News

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – This holiday season an annual gift-giving program hosted by Army Community Service, returns with the chance for members of Team APG to give back to military families.

Through the Angel Tree Program, enlisted Soldiers assigned to APG with the rank of staff sergeant or below are eligible to receive gifts of toys or clothing for their children.

“It’s a good way to give back to your community and the Soldiers,” said ACS Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Polanco.

According to Polanco, each tag on an Angel Tree includes a military child’s gender, age, clothing size and desired toy.

Those who wish to donate can pick an angel off a tree, purchase a gift and place the unwrapped gift with the tag attached, in a barrel at any Angel Tree location.

“Individuals are encouraged to spend no more than $25 for each angel they choose,” Polanco said.

Angel Tree locations include the Commissary, the Post Exchange, Bldg. 6002, Bldg. 2503 and the Hoyle Gym located on APG South (Edgewood).

“If organizations or units want to adopt more than one family, they can reach out to me,” Polanco said. “We hope that we have many donations for our APG families this year.”

The gifts will be collected through Dec. 9 and unit commanders and first sergeants will pick up gifts for their Soldiers at the Top of the Bay Dec. 15 and 16.

Eligible enlisted soldiers who may need assistance this holiday season must request a participation nomination through their unit leaders.

For more information, email Polanco at sarah.polanco.civ@mail.mil, or call 410-278-2464.

Story by Rachel Ponder, APG News