By Tyler Winstead
AFHA AmeriCorps Member
Perhaps filled with the spirit of the season, the 2016-2017 AFHA AmeriCorps team democratically elected to forgo their traditional secret Santa gift exchange in favor of charitable donation. In the past, AFHA service members have participated in secret Santa gift exchanges with a cash limit (five dollars), typically relying on creative crafting or joke-gifting. During the November team meeting, however, Cody Anderson suggested that the team pool their meager five dollar sums together and use it to assist disadvantaged families in giving their children a merrier Christmas than they otherwise would through cash donations to the Salvation Army.
While The Salvation Army, a protestant Christian church and charity headquartered in London, typically assists the homeless and economically challenged year-round through cash and material donations, the Forgotten Angel Tree fund specifically aims to “provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need, including families of prisoners.” Collectively, the AFHA raised $140 for the charity and was turned in Tuesday, December 20th at a location in Buckhannon.
Disclaimer: The Appalachian Forest Heritage Area is an equal opportunity program and is not religiously affiliated or professionally associated with the Salvation Army