Giving Back-Angel Tree Recipient Goes to College

This past Christmas, a student body leader from an area college contacted us aboutIMG_0937 hosting an Angel Tree on her campus. When she was a child, she had been a recipient of Angel Tree gifts, and still had a treasured item from those days in her residence hall room. When her mother was able to get back on her feet, she instilled in her children the importance of giving back, selecting angels from the tree any year she was able in order to give Christmas to children in need, just as she had once been able to provide Christmas for her children with the help of those who had given to the Angel Tree. That spirit of giving back has now continued to another generation.

Giving Back-Jameel McClain

Growing up, Jameel McClain, his mother, and his three siblings turned to The Salvation Army for food and shelter. When Baltimore became his home after earning a position on the NFL Baltimore Ravens, Jameel immediately began giving back, working with the Boys & Girls Clubs, encouraging youth in our shelter, and hosting an annual Thanksgiving dinner for 53 (his jersey number) families. Upon moving to the NY Giants this year, Jameel has already connected with The Salvation Army in the Greater New York area, and has committed to continuing the tradition started in Baltimore. The Salvation Army of Central Maryland is honored to continue to partner with Jameel in his efforts to give back to the community and give hope to those growing up in similar circumstances.

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53 Families web page with NFL Network video of Jameel’s story and community efforts.