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Angel Tree still provides despite 2020

Give credit to the folks at the Salvation Army in Marietta, they didn’t let this strange holiday season — and three times the usual number of children registered — stop them from putting together an Angel Tree program that fulfilled its mission and provided Christmas gifts for 560 Washington County children.

A change in location and format helped keep the distribution process safer.

“It’s been chaotic in one sense, as we’ve had a lot of differences from last year,” said Lt. Megan Moretz of the Salvation Army in Marietta. “Having a secondary location for the first time. Obviously having three times the number of kids we’re used to having. Just all the precautions we’ve had to take with COVID make for a very different year.”

And yet, they got the job done. They didn’t do it alone. There was help from the Marietta Community Foundation and Warren’s IGA. Our local businesses and organizations know when they team up for a good cause, it is hard to stop them.

Moretz said she heard a lot from those who came through the drive-thru distribution: gratitude, of course, but also talk of struggle at this time of year, especially for those already living in poverty.

So while the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program can at least provide for something under the Christmas tree for hundreds of local kids who would otherwise go without, it is important to remember the need for these families does not stop when the holidays are over. They need our help, especially as the economic challenges created by this virus drag on and on.

If you helped make the Angel Tree program a success, bless you. But don’t stop looking for ways to help. Don’t let that Christmas spirit of giving end, because the need certainly will not.

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