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bandit lites gives back for the holidays

December 21, 2016 | Category: Print

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE – It is so easy to become caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so to give back to local communities and share the joy of helping others, Bandit Lites once again participated in the Angel Tree Christmas assistance program.

Started in 1975 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Angel Tree began with the simple idea that under privileged children also deserve a visit from Santa Claus. Making their wishes on paper angels that adorn trees in local malls, food stores and businesses, patrons are encouraged to choose a child’s wish list and make their Christmas dreams come true.

Bandit’s Director of Philanthropy Allison Burchett, Controller Shay Simpson and HR Coordinator Cori Link combined their efforts to orchestrate the day of giving across multiple Bandit Lites locations.

Bandit provided each team member the opportunity to choose an Angel, where gifts ranged from the practical, such as jackets and shoes, to the ever wished for toys and games. Shop Foreman Erich Hudgens graciously spent the day shuttling groups of Bandits to local stores, allowing everyone to personally pick up the presents for the children.

“To me, the experience is the real treat,” said Bandit’s Chair Michael T. Strickland. “That moment, when you pick an angel, and you see a five year old child ask for pajamas, or pants, or socks, is an eye opener. It brings it all into perspective this time of year. These kids should be asking for a nice toy, but they simply need the basic necessities of life that others take as a given. It really touches your heart, and hopefully makes you appreciate what you have while growing your concern for those less fortunate.”

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