Nashville’s Salvation Army Command kicked off their bell-ringing season with A Gathering of Angels. This event was held to raise awareness, funds, and the spirits of the listeners as the performers and guests shared stories of hope, promise and need.
“Doing the most good,” the Salvation Army’s tag-line, could be seen at various spots around the event as well as on the faces of the performers lending their time and talent to this special cause. The line up included The Nashville Choir, Matthew West, Julie Roberts and featured Restless Heart and Jimmy Wayne.
Jimmy shared with the crowd how he was a beneficiary of the Salvation Army. His colorful past made him what he is today. Jimmy believes it is calling and his purpose to fight for people in need who have fallen on hard times or find themselves in difficult circumstances. After a heartfelt sharing session, he ended his time with a touching acoustic version of his hit “Paper Angels.” He of course got the idea from the paper angels that once stood for him and made Christmas a reality.
Here is a little background on the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program:
Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army’s highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmastime.
The program got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards that featured pictures of angels. They placed the cards on a Christmas tree at the mall to allow shoppers to select children to help. (continue reading)
The Salvation Army is the single largest provider of social services of its kind within the United States. This would not be the case without the countless numbers if volunteers and donations they get from supportive communities that show mercy and relentless love for others. A Gathering of Angels was a call to the Nashville community to step up to the plate and give back. Even in the midst of a history book year with the May floods bringing widespread damage to the Middle Tennessee area – we know how to give back!
This year as you approach the holiday season, give hope to those whose daily life seems so dark. Show love to others that may seem unlovely. Don’t walk past the ringing bells, red kettles, and paper angels thinking it’s someone else’s responsibility to change the world – it starts with you!