WGTS Teams with Salvation Army to Benefit DC Children

WGTS Teams with Salvation Army to Benefit DC Children

The Salvation Army and WGTS 91.9 are working together this Christmas season to provide Christmas presents for children in the DC area.

Story by Jerry Woods / Photos courtesy WGTS 91.9

Last Friday the WGTS team broadcasted live from Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge, Va., encouraging listeners to buy gifts for specific children who are part of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. During the event, volunteers purchased and donated gifts for nearly 100 children. Many more donated to the program through the WGTS website.

A crowd gathers at Potomac Mills to donate gifts and listen to the live broadcast.

A crowd gathers at Potomac Mills to donate gifts and listen to the live broadcast.

“Partnering with WGTS we saw more children taken care of in four hours than we normally see in four days. We’re so grateful for their support,” says Robin Hackbarth, Salvation Army captain.

Collection boxes overflow with children's gifts.

Collection boxes overflow with children’s gifts.

Jitesh Ram, WGTS community engagement director, adds, “It was so moving to see listeners being so generous with their gift-giving. This is really what partnering with our community is all about –bringing generous people with big hearts together with children who are in need.”

During the Christmas season, the Salvation Army strives to meet the needs of 14,000 children. Through community partnerships with organizations like WGTS 91.9 and NBC Washington, that goal was accomplished early this year, say organizers.

 

Feature photo: Salvation Army area commander Major Lewis Reckline; Spencer White, WGTS Morning Show producer;  Blanca Vega, Morning Show co-host; join two Salvation army volunteers; Jerry Woods, WGTS Morning Show co-host; and Ken Forsythe, Salvation Army media director to show gift tags.