Morgan Wallen is having a wild year. He kicked off the year by dropping Dangerous. That album sold well and got some very positive reviews. Then, Morgan got sloshed, opened his mouth, and put his designer cowboy boot firmly between his jaws. For about eight months, he was, for lack of a better term, banished from the entertainment world at large. Then, a few months back, he started slowly making his way back into the public eye.
One of the first things that Morgan Wallen did after coming back from his industry exile was put on a benefit show. Additionally, he started a charitable foundation to help kids and teens in need. Most recently, a video posted by the Memphis chapter of the Salvation Army on Facebook shows him going all out for their Angel Tree program.
Morgan Wallen and His Buds Spend Big for the Kids
The Salvation Army posted the video yesterday along with a message thanking Morgan Wallen for his generous donation. In that post, they revealed that Wallen and his team adopted 200 Angels their Angel Tree program. They got every item from all of the wish lists. In the end, Wallen and his crew dropped $20,000 and filled 32 shopping carts with gifts. More importantly, Morgan and his pals helped 200 kids have a good Christmas this year.
In the video, Morgan Wallen said that his parents always made sure he had presents under the tree when he was growing up. However, he knows that not all families are that fortunate. Wallen wanted to help change that. In the video, he said that he hopes this isn’t the only time he’s able to do something like this. “I got to partner up with The Salvation Army and Walmart to make a whole lot of kids happy this Christmas. I hope we get to do it again next year.”
The Angel Tree
There’s a good chance that Morgan Wallen will get his wish. The Salvation Army started the Angel Tree back in 1979 and it has been going strong ever since.
According to Better Homes & Gardens, Maj. Charles White and his wife Maj. Shirley White was stationed at the Army base in Lynchburg, Virginia in the late seventies. They knew that families in the area were struggling with daily expenses and knew that Christmas would be nearly impossible to afford. So, they decided to do something about it.
The Whites approached the Salvation Army and a local shopping mall to ask for help getting new clothes and toys to kids in the community. With a little planning, they erected the first Angel Tree there in the River Ridge Mall. That year, the program served 472 community children.
The format hasn’t changed much over the years but the program has grown exponentially. Every year, the Angel Tree brings Christmas cheer to hundreds of thousands of kids across the country.