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Capitals Players’ Wives and Girlfriends Shop for 63 Kids for the holidays through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program

Thursday, 11.19.2009 / 4:56 PM / Community
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals players’ wives and girlfriends went holiday shopping for 63 children they adopted through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Target. This was the first of two shopping trips the Capitals will make for the holidays. Capitals players will go shopping on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Toys R Us to purchase $10,000 worth of toys to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys for Tots Foundation.
 
Washington Capitals Charities and the Caps adopted 25 families for the holidays. The children will receive clothing and toys, while the parents and guardians will receive Target and local grocery store gift certificates. By the end of the day the wives and girlfriends filled up 40 shopping carts and five SUVs with toys, clothes and presents.
 
Kim Clark, Rachel Fehr, Mackenzie Keeley and Diondra Steckel shopped for bikes, books, clothes, electronics and toys, spending $275 on each child.
 
“Christmas is a special time for kids, and we hope these presents bring them joy,” said Rachel Fehr, wife of Capitals forward Eric Fehr.
 
“We are shopping for the kids hoping to bring some smiles to their faces on Christmas morning,” said Diondra Steckel, wife of Capitals forward David Steckel.
 
On Dec. 27, the Caps will host the 25 families to a skating and pizza party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, where the players and their wives will get a chance to meet the kids they shopped for.
 
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.
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