Charlotte, NC—For the sixth consecutive year, integrated Design-Build firm A M King participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, a need-based program for children up to 12 years. With help from its media partners and generous members of the community, the Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte provided gifts to approximately 7,365 children this year. The Salvation Army of Greenville, Pickens and Oconee provided gifts for more than 2,500 children in the Greenville area.
Brian T. King, founder and president of A M King, has been a long-time supporter of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, and now provides each employee with $150 each year to spend on his or her own Angel. A M King then adopts an additional 100 Angels. This year the firm ensured that 141 children received Christmas toys and winter clothing.
A M King employees at both the company’s Charlotte headquarters and Greenville, SC office began shopping for their Angels shortly after Thanksgiving, coordinated gift package assembly for each individual Angel and loaded clothes, toys and bikes onto the Salvation Army truck for delivery. The effort took a little muscle and a lot of heart and made wishes come true for kids who otherwise might have not received anything for Christmas.
“I have participated in the Angel Tree Program multiple times before back in Lexington, SC so I was excited to be able to participate in the program here in my new home of Charlotte,” says Alissa Brown, A M King Project Engineer. “It’s nice to know that a simple shopping trip can bring such surprise and joy to a child on Christmas morning. It’s so great to be a part of company that puts such an emphasis on being involved and giving back to the communities we serve.”
“Getting gifts at Christmas is great but the giving part is what makes the holiday special,” says Jami Lloyd, A M King Architectural Designer. “Being able to provide anticipation and excitement for another little boy or girl who wouldn’t otherwise experience the joy of Christmas is one of the greatest feelings in the world.”
Hundreds of volunteers are giving their time and resources generously this holiday season, including thousands of people who adopted Angels, purchased gifts, donated toys and are still ringing the bell at the iconic Red Kettle. A M King is proud to be a part of the effort that nets so much for many people during the holidays and makes their lives just a little bit easier.
“We are overwhelmed by the support we have received from A M King,” said Major Larry Broome, area commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “We couldn’t do what we do without the support of so many in our community standing with us as the ‘army behind the Army.’”