Y-12 employees adopt more than 600 angels for Angel Tree Program

Y-12 employees adopt more than 600 angels for Angel Tree Program

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By SAMANTHA SARACINO

6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE ( WATE ) - It was presents galore in Oak Ridge. Y-12 employees and their families helped adopt more than 600 angels for the Angel Tree Program.

"I'm just happy that I'm part of a company that has a big enough heart where all the employees can get together and support this big of an effort and put smiles on children's faces at Christmas," said Erick Loveland, Y-12's Angel Tree Coordinator.

They adopted angels from Loudon, Roane, Anderson, Scott, Monroe and Morgan counties.

"I think that we're meant to take care of each other and this is the way we do it. For those of us who are so lucky, because it is luck, that we have such a great job and that we can share what we have with those who don't have as much," said Diane Cooper, a Y-12 employee and volunteer.

There are now bags full of gifts for kids and families spread throughout this collection center in Oak Ridge, and the Y-12 employees are volunteering their time to get the hundreds of gifts sorted.

The way the volunteers stay organized is by finding a child or family on a master list, find the coordinating bag with the gift inside and then put it in one big bag to get it ready to be delivered.

The volunteers say the angels asked for all kinds of items.

"The toy list is really short and the necessity list is really long. It surprises me because when you think of your own children, they want the toys because they have the necessities so they take that for granted," explained Kimberly Bryant, employee at Y-12.

They were even able to buy gifts for the angels that were not adopted.

"There were about roughly 180 to 190 children not adopted, but there have been enough cash donations that we are able to buy for those kids. We already bought for about 170 of those kids," Loveland said.

The volunteers will continue to purchase more gifts and get them organized for delivery. Loudon county already had their gifts delivered. The volunteers have until December 16th to send them out.

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