Seniors in the Salvation Army talk about what Angel Tree means to them

Seniors in the Salvation Army talk about what Angel Tree means to them

Orlando, Florida. Over a few cups of coffee, donuts, and laughter, the seniors of the Salvation Army in Orlando explained why the Angel Tree is so important and what it means to them during this time of year.

“() The Salvation Army is the best organization in the world. You guys have this angel tree and it’s amazing! She has given me some pretty gifts and I haven’t received gifts since God knows when,” said Arthur Washington.

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Just like Washington, these seniors had challenging pasts and some were homeless before moving to the Salvation Army’s William Booth Towers.

Millenia mall shoppers choose “angels” to donate to the Angel Tree Program. (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando – All rights reserved.)

“Being in the Salvation Army shelter was a good experience for me because I knew there were homeless people, but I didn’t know there were so many,” said George Carrion.

Laura Del Valle has volunteered with the Salvation Army for many years. She has been living in William Booth Towers for nearly three decades.

Del Valle said she loves this time of year and hopes to get a new microwave this Christmas.

“With Angel Tree, you meet a lot of people and it’s beautiful. I went to (Mall of) Millenia, and the gifts people give, it’s beautiful,” said Del Valle.

Jose Torres, 77, said he is grateful every year when he receives gifts through the program.

“It feels really good to have someone, or an organization, that adores and helps people in need,” Torres said in Spanish.


Ronal Waites, 70, said he doesn’t know the Angel Tree program, but is only grateful to have a roof over his head.

“That’s great. So I tell everyone don’t lose hope. Keep trying,” Waits said.

A thousand seniors are participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program this year.

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