Do you ever feel like you just don’t have enough time during the holiday season? It’s true that we have a lot of family and professional obligations during the holidays, but that shouldn’t keep us from giving back to those less fortunate. That’s what this season is about, right?
For Lockaway Storage team member Ashley Wagster, Angel Tree was the perfect opportunity to spread holiday cheer in a short amount of time. Angel Tree is a program put on by the Salvation Army that collects presents for children who otherwise would go without on Christmas morning.
“There are a lot of low-income families. It’s also for people who have lost everything in a natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey. So everyone signs up in October and you have to meet certain requirements and then they approve it and it starts in November,” Ashley said. “It’s normally only done at shopping malls, so that’s why I was so interested in it, because a lot of people, like myself, don’t want to go to the mall on Christmas. I felt like more people would see it if we had it in our stores. Then elderly people could contribute. I found out Angel Tree also helps senior citizens too.”
Angel Tree makes sure everyone who received a present is given essentials like socks, mittens and other types of clothing in addition to what they request as their most-wanted present. The Lockaway Storage teams from Babcock, Huebner, Shaenfield and Culebra, along with team members Jason Steitle and Misty Wehrer, and a few residents, raised enough presents to provide a happy Christmas morning to 14 San Antonio area children. Next year, Ashley plans to organize every Lockaway Storage facility in a 6 week campaign, compared to this year’s week-long endeavor.
“I went to drop off the presents and the lady at the drop off told me 8,000 kids were registered. It made my heart so sad. My hope for next year is to have every store participate. If every Lockaway Facility in San Antonio took care of 20-30 kids, that’s almost a thousand children we could help.”
Great job to everyone who participated, especially Ashley! We’re excited to see how next year’s Angel Tree campaign helps San Antonio’s kids!