Friday, December 11, 2009
In an effort to help those in need during difficult economic times, employees of Koch companies in Wichita pitched in to gather toys, coats and other items for hundreds during the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree drive. This year's drive also collected 60 bicycles for kids.
The three-week campaign concluded Dec. 7 with nearly $16,000 in cash donated to the Wichita Salvation Army and more than 1,000 area children and adult angels served.
Susan Addington, Koch's community relations manager said Koch companies' 2009 goal was to serve 825 Angels. "We surpassed our goal and have had to add employee volunteers just to help shop, sort and pack all the gifts to get them to the Salvation Army for final distribution," she said. "Our employees have really responded to the request to provide coats, hat and gloves along with toys for many children this year. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming."
According to Major Douglas Rowland, Wichita Salvation Army city commander, "the Salvation Army is always very grateful to the people of Koch Industries. They are generous and very helpful to our efforts. They continue to give even during difficult times. The people in need in Wichita will benefit greatly because of the support of the employees of Koch companies."
The Angel Tree campaign by employees of Koch companies has traditionally been one of the Wichita-area Army's most successful, with thousands of toys, bicycles and other gifts donated to area children and their families. This marks the 19th consecutive year Koch companies have participated in the Angel Tree drive.