Celebrating this holiday season brings joy to so many children in our community. Hannah D’Angelo chose her “Angel Wish” from the Angel Tree at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. Every year, Hannah, her mother, and her sister pick a child less fortunate to shop for. Hannah and her sister take turns picking the Angel card every year. This year, Hannah chose a child similar to her age to buy for.
“I thought it would be easier if I chose a child that was my age, I know what I like, and I’m sure they will enjoy the same things I do,” said Hannah. When asked what she wanted for Christmas, she replied, “Nothing much, money for my college fund. To me, it’s not about receiving gifts, it’s about giving them and enjoying seeing someone smile.”
That is exactly what The Salvation Army Angel Tree program was designed to do: having a donor give joy to a child in need during this holiday season. Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. Through Angel Tree, thousands of local children will find gifts waiting under their Christmas trees. Once a child has been registered as an “Angel,” The Salvation Army makes a promise to provide Christmas for that child. This promise includes a variety of gifts for each child. In order to accomplish this, The Salvation Army depends on the generosity of individual donors, corporations and organizations. Last year, hundreds of companies, organizations and individuals helped fulfill the gift requests of more than 4,000 local children who would otherwise have not had gifts at Christmas.
UPMC Chautauqua WCA has set up a tree in the main lobby of the hospital to participate in this program. While many children have already been chosen, there are still some children’s wishes left on the tree. If you would like to bring joy to a local child this holiday season, please take an “Angel Wish” and return the unwrapped gifts no later than December 6th to Megan Barone, director of development, UPMC Chautauqua WCA. Please contact Megan with any additional questions 664.8423 or Baronema3@upmc.edu.