NEWPORT NEWS - It's a first for the WVEC-Salvation Army Angel Tree program - a tree filled with tags aboard a Navy ship.
Petty Officer Emmanuel Zapata wanted to know how USS Theodore Roosevelt could be involved in the program. The Norfolk-based aircraft carrier is at Newport News Shipyard.
After contacting 13News, we caught up with Matt Pochily with the Salvation Army. He made arrangements to get 225 Angel tags for the ship.
On Tuesday, nearly 100 unwrapped presents from TR were dropped off at the Christmas Depot and more were expected by today's deadline.
'We are blessed to be part of such a great military community that not only defends our freedom but protects and serves our neighbors in need,' said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. 'The 225 angels adopted by the Theodore Roosevelt, and countless other angels adopted by other military personnel, means that hundreds more children in need will have gifts of clothing at Christmas.'
Distribution of the items to approved families begins December 10 at 9:00 a.m. and ends on the 17th.
In all, the Salvation Army had 30,000 tags at businesses across Hampton Roads.
Any Angel Tree item that's not turned in on time will be used by the Salvation Army for other programs that help children in need.