Maddie Lavin turned $500 in donations, from her Anderson Lock co-workers, into Christmas gifts for dozens of children. She visited several stores, searching for well-made, warm winter clothing, popular dolls and toys. Maddie shopped sales, getting 60% off on numerous items, and she used coupons and other discounts to make the most of the money. She didn’t choose only by price. The sleepwear is comfy and stylish, the colorful quilted coats, some with faux-fur trim, are fashionable as well as durable, and the games and dolls are just like the ones on Santa’s sleigh.
This is the third year Maddie, one of our Hardware Sales Representatives, has coordinated Anderson Lock’s gifts for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Families sign up, and some of the items Maddie selected matched specific requests. For example, a tag from the Angel Tree might describe a “7-year-old girl who wears size 7 and likes dolls.”
Jim Walsh, Brenda Asta, Tom Cleveland and Chris Miller also shopped for specific children to fulfill their Christmas wishes. Maddie delivered all the gifts to the Salvation Army collection center earlier this week. The extra winter jackets will be distributed to children who may not have requested them, but who for sure will appreciate and enjoy them.