• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Angel Tree Seeks ‘Godparents’

October 17, 2008

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program  is kicking off again, but organizersare worried that more donors haven’t already signed on.

“It’s been very difficult to get godparents this year,” the coordinator of the program, María Los, said. “We’re trying to motivate businesses, but they’re saying that other groups arrived earlier that they’re donating to.”

The program matches participants with children in the Salvation Army’s afterschool care program for the nation’s poor; the “godparents” donate Christmas gifts or cash to buy gifts for the kids sponsored.

“You’re showing them that there’s someone else who loves them. You’re bringing them a little bit of love,” Los said about the program.

The gifts will be given to the children at Christmas parties that go from Dec. 20 to 24 in all 16 of the Salvation Army’s day care centers throughout the country.

So far, a few hotels, TV Channel 7, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Congress (AMCHAM) and a few high schools have pledged to participate.

Donor companies receive a list of kids from the Salvation Army and solicit presents from their employees or, in The Tico Times’ case, readers.

Angel Tree began in 1992 when the Salvation Army asked The Tico Times to publish a full-page ad asking for sponsors to donate Christmas gifts for poor children. Readers have been donating ever since (TT, Oct. 26, 2007). Last year, more than 5,000 gifts were distributed through the program.

For information on how to participate in the Angel Tree Christmas gift program, see the ad on the facing page or call the Salvation Army at 2221-8266 or 2221-8502.

 

You may be interested

MOPT leader investigated for corruption in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
43 views
Costa Rica
43 views

MOPT leader investigated for corruption in Costa Rica

AFP and The Tico Times - June 24, 2021

The Minister of Public Works and Transportation of Costa Rica, Rodolfo Méndez, became one of those investigated in an alleged…

Human rights body demands protection of Nicaraguan opposition
Costa Rica
21 views
Costa Rica
21 views

Human rights body demands protection of Nicaraguan opposition

AFP - June 24, 2021

The Organization of American States' human rights arm on Wednesday urged its judicial counterpart to protect four opposition Nicaraguan politicians…

Costa Rican Olympian Hennessey Was Born To Surf
News
4 views
News
4 views

Costa Rican Olympian Hennessey Was Born To Surf

Sponsored Content - June 23, 2021

It’s a long way from the jungles of Costa Rica to the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, but it is a…

The Tico Times | Top Costa Rica News, Travel, Culture and Sports