‘Tis the season for Angel Tree!

It's the time of year to make the holidays bright.
It's the time of year to make the holidays bright.(WWSB)
Published: Nov. 2, 2022 at 11:36 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2022 at 4:33 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Achieva Credit Union has partnered with The Salvation Army for their annual Angel Tree donation drive to provide a meaningful and impactful way to support local families in need. This program will take place from Nov. 7 through Dec. 3 and will provide many children with gifts this holiday season.

“Thanks to the help of our members and community, many children will wake up with gifts who would have likely otherwise gone without,” said Achieva Chief Operations Officer Jennifer Galley.

“We are honored to partner with the Salvation Army to lift the financial burden of the holidays for families in need. Donations collected will help children receive toys, bikes, and clothing to brighten their holiday spirit.”

The process to help create unforgettable memories for area children is simple. Visit a participating Achieva branch and look for the Christmas tree. The tree will have paper angel tags and each tag will provide the first name, age, and gender of a child in the program. For families with multiple children, the details will show for each child. Select a tag from the tree, purchase the gifts and be sure to have them returned (with the tag) to the Achieva branch by December 3, 2022.

The following Achieva Credit Union branches are participating:

Sarasota County

· Bee Ridge Rd. - 3000 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239

· E. Venice Ave. - 1485 East Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34292

· Fruitville Rd. - 5881 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

· North Port - 2467 Sycamore Street, North Port, FL 34289

Manatee County

· Lockwood Commons - 4254 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34203

Pinellas County

· St. Pete - 3629 11th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

· Largo - 12580 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL 33778

· Palm Harbor - 33715 US Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684

· East Lake Rd. - 3446 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

· Park Blvd. - 7105 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, FL 33781

· Drew St. - 2201 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33765

· Dunedin - 1150 Achieva Way, Dunedin, FL 34698

· NE St. Pete - 413 62nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Pasco County

· Land O Lakes - 2115 Collier Parkway, Land O Lakes, FL 34639

· Trinity - 12006 State Road 54, Odessa, FL 33556

· New Port Richey - 5920 State Road 54, New Port Richey, FL 34652

Lee County

· Colonial Blvd- 4379 Colonial Blvd. Suite 100, Fort Myers, FL 33966

· Estero- 21301 South Tamiami Trail Unit 360, Estero, FL 33928

· Lehigh Acres- 2499 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

· Del Prado Blvd S- 2127 Del Prado Blvd. South, Cape Coral, FL 33990

Charlotte County

· Punta Gorda- 3105 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

· Murdock- 1850 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Families in need who would like to benefit from the Angel Tree program can apply online at https://saangeltree.org.

“Families should not have to decide between buying groceries, paying bills, or purchasing holiday gifts for their children,” said Galley. She continued, “We encourage everyone in the community to participate in this important initiative.”

When the donation drive ends, The Salvation Army will collect all donations from the above participating Achieva Credit Union branches and distribute the gifts to families in need before Christmas morning.