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The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program creates miracle moments for Nashville families

Posted at 10:13 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 23:13:48-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — NewsChannel 5 stepped in to help create "miracle moments" with The Salvation Army Tuesday.

Each year, The Salvation Army - Nashville Area Command organizes the Angel Tree program in Davidson County. In 2019 more than 3,200 families registered for the program, and thousands of their neighbors stepped in to sponsor them.

Donors receive a card detailing the ages and interests of children in a participating family. Senior citizens can also receive holiday help through the program. Throughout November, gifts are gathered and organized. In December, gifts are distributed to participating families.

During the week of December 16, volunteers from different businesses and organizations including NewsChannel 5 gathered in Antioch to meet with Angel Tree participants and distribute gifts.

Major Ethan Frizzell outlined the "miracle moments" part of The Salvation Army's vision.

"There's five miracle moments that we celebrate. The fifth, being the moment that someone pulls and angel off an Angel Tree. The fourth, which is the miracle moment of the Christmas Joy Shop volunteers give their time for others," Major Frizzell explained. "The third is the miracle moment when families sit around the table eating a meal provided by Kroger shoppers. The second miracle moment, one of my favorites - is the peace that parents have as they know they can provide for their children. And the number one miracle moment of Christmas is the moment the child opens the gift and celebrates with the whole community the birth of Christ."

You can make a donation to The Salvation Army by going to their website.