Goodwill gives cheer to 'Golden Angels'

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Goodwill wrapped up its 14th Annual Golden Tree program this week after handing out holiday gift bags to 1,200 disadvantaged seniors in the Lowcountry.

"With so manywonderful programs dedicated to the children in our community, we made thedecision several years ago to shift our focus to another group in need that isoften overlooked, our disadvantaged seniors," said Goodwill Community RelationsOfficer Tina Marshall. "Seniors face many challenges on a fixed income with therising cost of prescriptions and health care, finding affordable housing andoverall inflation. We wanted to make sure the seniors of our community are alsocared for during the holidays."

Volunteers spent weeks creating the gift bags, including blankets, socks, winter clothes, toiletries, food, and other gifts.

TheGolden Angel Tree Program is funded through community donations and the sale of"Golden Angels" at each of the Goodwill stores. Customers can purchase theangels during the holidays for a $1 donation.