Shelley grew up attending The Salvation Army church with her Mom. They were involved in just about every activity at the church. “Mom taught Sunday school, played in the band, sang in the choir, packed groceries for those in need, wrapped presents at Christmas, you name it, she did it!” said Shelley. “My Mom was a single parent, and I am an only child, so it was just the two of us. We were quite the team!”
As Christmas approached Shelley recalls spending more and more time at church. “I remember standing in my snowsuit (we lived in Michigan!) ringing the bell most days at the red kettle. Mom would to go to work and then pick me up and we would head down to The Salvation Army so see what needed to be done,” she said.
Being a single parent and having bills to pay, Shelley’s Mom simply didn’t have enough money to buy presents for Christmas. However, The Salvation Army Officer was aware of their situation and added Shelley’s name to the Angel Tree. “I woke on Christmas morning and saw all kinds of presents under the tree. It was one of my best Christmases ever!”
“As an adult, now working for The Salvation Army and involved in Angel Tree, I hear countless stories from people dealing with the same financial struggles as my Mom experienced,” said Shelley. “This will be my 23rd year doing the Angel Tree and it remains my favorite Salvation Army program. I am constantly reminded of that magical Christmas years ago when I was touched by the generosity of a compassionate donor through the Angel Tree program.”