It is hard to miss the Salvation Army over the holidays. You can find their bell ringers collecting donations outside just about any grocery store and supermarkets around the Region. Their red donation buckets are possibly the most famous program the charity runs, but there is another huge, difference-making program they put in action every holiday season: the Angel Tree.
For those unfamiliar, the Angel Tree program allows individuals, families, organizations, and businesses such as Muller Acura of Merrillville to adopt “angel” children and donate them gifts. Muller Acura got involved thanks to the efforts of Edith Romero, their Internet Sales Manager. For around 20 years, she has helped her church organize their own Angel Tree drive, and thought the team at Muller Acura would eagerly jump to do their own version.
“This is our first year doing it here, and we’ve collected over 80 toys for 40 Angels,” Romero said. “I set it up because it’s just nice to give. It’s always good to help people when they need something like this.”
Muller Acura always strives to stay involved with the community outside their role as a car dealer, particularly through events like their meet and greets with the former World’s Strongest Man, Brian Shaw. Glenn Muller, dealer principal and owner of the dealership, is proud that the event’s first run turned into such a success. He is especially happy to support the Salvation Army, an organization whose good work he has personally seen impact his own community.
“We have employees here who have been directly helped by the Salvation Army and by the Angel Tree program,” Muller said. “So for a lot of our team, it hit home when Edith made these arrangements. She’s the one that brought this program to us and made the calls. We’re happy to help some kids have a better holiday!”
The gifts will soon make their way to the Salvation Army and into the hands of the Angel children. To Romero, making a positive difference over the holidays gives a feeling second to none.
“Honestly, I love Christmas and I love to give,” she said. “That’s all there is to it.”
Muller Acura of Merrillville will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts suitable for girls and boys aged from 3 months to 16 years old until December 5th through a partnership with the Jason McKie Foundation. Those donations will benefit the children of the Great Lakes Marine Air Control Group, whose all have parents serving the USA. To learn more about Muller Acura of Merrillville, visit www.mulleracuraofmerrillville.com.
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