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21st Annual Giving Tree At The USNA

| November 26, 2011, 11:03 AM | 0 Comments

For the 21stconsecutive year, the U.S. Naval Academy’s annual Giving Tree program will kick off with a lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at

12:50 p.m. in Bancroft Hall.  The Naval Academy’s Giving Tree collection will run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 12.  This event is not open to the public, however, media are invited.

In conjunction with the Salvation Army, each year midshipmen from the academy’s 6th Company decorate a holiday tree with paper angel ornaments provided by the Salvation Army.  Six hundred angel ornaments were on the tree last year, and this year the number of angels was increased to 1,000.  Each angel ornament states the name, gender, age, and a suggested gift for a local child in need.  Naval Academy midshipmen, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to spread holiday cheer to hundreds of children in the greater Annapolis area by selecting an angel on the tree and purchasing gifts for the children represented by the angel ornaments.

“The Giving Tree is such a wonderful event because it provides a Christmas for children who otherwise would not have one,” said Boca Raton, Fla. native, Midshipman 1st Class Kristen Tella, this year’s Giving Tree coordinator.  “The midshipmen love to participate and look forward to this event every year! I’m just so honored to be able to work with 6th Company for such a great cause.”

For more information about the Salvation Army, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf.

For more information about the Naval Academy, please visit www.usna.edu or our Facebook page.

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