GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant Donates to Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

Corvettes weren't the only things on wheels rolling out of the General Motors Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant today.

The plant has been the largest annual adopter of angels in the salvation army's Angel Tree program.
The salvation army's Angel Tree program allows the community to help provide Christmas gifts to children whose families may not be able to otherwise.

Bikes, clothes and toys all made their way from the plant and other corporate donors and individuals to the salvation army to be sorted and prepared for the angel's families.

"We have so many groups that help us, like GM... our corporate sponsors take great numbers, and churches do... and we hang them at the mall," said Salvation Army Maj. Carla Binnix.

Even with all that support, some angels don't make it off the trees.

"There were still angels left on the tree. There were still children who wouldn't be served by the community from this program, so we gave a cash donation of 3,000 dollars to the Salvation Army specifically to targeted to buy gifts for those angels that hadn't been picked up," said GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly plant Manager Dave Tatman.

"We have families that brother and sister may have their angel come back, but the littlest one didn't, so we use this money to buy the clothing and toys that make up for those gifts," said Binnix.

Today was the final day for angel tree gifts to be picked up and prepared for the first distribution day on Thursday, but Tatman says gifts and donations aren't the only ways to give.

"Not only is it about our money going to these programs, it's about our time," said Tatman.

Tatman says the plant has also taken part in the Adopt a Kettle program to help raise money and awareness by ringing bells in the community.


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