I-Drive and District Partners: Helping area children for 17 years with its annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program
It doesn’t get any better than providing
clothing and toys to more than 800 Orange County children for the 2017
holidays. That’s what the season is all about as far as the International Drive
Business Improvement District is concerned.
Just ask Luann Brooks, executive
director of the District. For its 17th year, she and her District staff have
been helping families in need through its Angel Tree Program. The project is
achieved in partnership with the Salvation Army along with WKMG Local 6.
“The District staff worked in
partnership with 100+ I-Drive and hospitality industry businesses last year to provide a helping hand to
families in need through our Angel Tree program. It’s one of the staff’s
favorite projects and we could not do it without the enthusiastic support and
commitment from our industry,” she says. “And it was not just about providing
much needed clothing to the many families needing a helping hand. More than 75
percent of the participants also went a step further and generously fulfilled
the child's "wish" and provided bikes, toys and electronic games.
It’s what the season is all about and it is a wonderful way for anyone to help
a family in need."
Since 1865, the Salvation Army has
supported those in need with this nationally recognized program that provides
new clothing or toys for underprivileged children. The structure of the program
makes it easy and convenient for everyone to help a child during the holidays.
This year, 3,600 children will be helped through the program.
attractions, restaurants and other businesses in the I-Drive area placed a
Christmas tree in a high-employee traffic area. The tree was decorated with
numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child to
receive a gift of new clothing. Contributors removed one or more tags from the
tree and purchased the appropriate clothing for the child or children described
on the tags. The sponsoring organization also served as a secure collection
point for the gifts.
The District began participating in this
program in 2002 and each year it continues to grow and to provide new clothing
for children within the Orange County community. The objective is to provide
gifts of only new clothing for as many children as possible whose families
registered for holiday assistance or children from child care centers and
For more information on the Angel Tree
Program and how your business can join I-Drive's District Partners for 2018,
contact Denise Daugherty at 407-248-9590 or DDaugherty@IRideTrolley.com
Tree Signup Flyer in PDF format