I-Drive and District Partners: Helping area children for 15 years with its annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program
It doesn’t get any better than
providing clothing and toys to more than 871 Orange County children for the 2016
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 15th 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 109 I-Drive businesses this 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
2017, contact Denise Daughtery at 407-248-9590 or
Editor’s note: To honor her work with the Angel Tree
program/Salvation Army, the Orlando City Commission proclaimed December 6, 2016
as “Luann Brooks Day.”