The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program Provided a Happy Holiday for a Family in Need
Christmas is a time of joy and wonder. Holiday cards and songs extoll the beauty of the season with snow on the ground, twinkly lights, concerts, and an abundance of good wishes from friends and strangers alike. But for some, the holidays are not so joyous. Edyta Grambrone and her family found themselves with nothing when the family’s construction company and restaurant failed in the aftermath of the economic downturn. The family, a fervent supporter of The Salvation Army and other charities, was now forced to turn to others for help with basic necessities.
In October 2012, Edyta visited the Norridge Community Corps to inquire about the food pantry program. After meeting with the staff members and sharing her story, she was told that not only would her family be eligible for the food pantry program, but they would also receive a holiday meal basket with a ham and all the sides. Additionally, Edyta and her husband would have the opportunity to shop at The Salvation Army for gifts for their children. For the first time in two years, there would be a holiday meal and presents under the tree. There would be a happy holiday in their home.
“I was so overwhelmed with the kindness and understanding,” Edyta said. “And it was such a blessing to be able to give my children Christmas gifts again. My daughter finally got the new doll she had been asking for. I couldn’t have done it without The Salvation Army.”
The Salvation Army continues to support Edyta’s family as they work to get back on their feet. “I am so grateful for the help,” she said. “I can’t wait until I have the opportunity to repay the generosity and help someone else.”
Register to help make a child’s Christmas memorable through the Angel Tree program.