11-year-old Charlie Borowczak doesn’t want presents for his Birthday. Instead, he asks for donations to The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. This year he has already raised enough money for eight Angels and by Christmas, he expects to make Christmas possible for 23 kids in need.
The Angel Tree program allows people to “adopt” a child in need for the holidays and buy their Christmas presents.
At age six, Charlie adopted his first two Angels and was so inspired by the experience that he asked his cousin to do the same the following year – together they adopted six angels. Now, every holiday Charlie asks his friends and family to join him by purchasing gifts and clothes for his adopted angels. Throughout the past five holiday seasons, Charlie’s Angels have received nearly 150 gifts under their trees on Christmas morning.
With Charlie’s help as well as other donors around the country, The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides over 1 million children with toys and necessities during the holidays. To find an Angel Tree Program near you, contact your local Salvation Army by visiting SalvationArmyUSA.org.