ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals Charities and the Caps hosted 60 children and their parents who the team “adopted” for the holidays through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday, Dec. 27.
Jeff Schultz and Mackenzie Keeley, David Steckel and Slapshot skated with the children and their families after they were treated to pizza provided by The Sports Page. For some of the children this was their first time on skates. The Capitals players helped the kids around the ice and taught them some new skills. Both players participated in the event last year and were excited to come out again to skate with the families.
On Nov. 22 Crystal Boudreau, Rachel Fehr, Kim Hendricks, Mackenzie Keeley, Megan Knuble and Diondra Steckel shopped for clothes, books and toys, spending $250 on each child. Parents and guardians received Target and local grocery store gift certificates. By the end of the day the wives and girlfriends filled up 63 shopping carts with toys, clothes and presents for a total of nearly $15,000.
The Angel Tree Program
The success of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program depends on volunteers who agree to adopt and purchase gifts for an angel. For many of the families who turn to The Salvation Army for help, the toys and clothes they receive through the Angel Tree Program are the only gifts their children will have to open on Christmas morning. Last year, more than 20,724 individuals received emergency holiday assistance through the Angel Tree Program throughout the National Capital Area. Of that number, 5,266 children from 2,226 families were in the District. This year, The Salvation Army’s goal is to help a total of more than 25,000 individuals throughout the National Capital Area and they anticipate providing holiday assistance to more than 6,000 children through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program within the District.
Washington Capitals Charities
Created in 2000, Washington Capitals Charities is the nonprofit entity of the Washington Capitals. The Washington Capitals and Washington Capitals Charities are dedicated to the enhancement and development of the community that has supported them for so many years. Washington Capitals Charities offers unique resources and programs to other charities and organizations on behalf of the Washington Capitals.