For those not familiar with PALS, this is the organization where Ashton spent her time mentoring and tutoring women who have been left behind. The reason the Angel Trees are so important is that these women tend to drop out of their education programs during the Holiday season and hide in the shadows because they can’t care for their children’s needs. A simple gift, donated unwrapped so the mom can wrap it and give it to her child, will keep them in their educational program. A small gesture from someone who isn’t struggling can represent the tipping point for whether these women will succeed or withdraw.
2019 Angel Tree
A big thanks to Athens Classic Center and Orange Theory, Beechwood for supporting Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Angel/Giving trees to help the children of the women in the PALS program to have a wonderful Christmas.
Watch the slide show to see some of the little angels that received the gifts from those trees. Merry Christmas to each and every one of them!
2018 Angel Tree
For the third year in a row we set up Angel trees for the woman and their children in the PALS program. We did a beautiful purple, silver and white tree at the Classic Center this year. Thanks so much to all who came by and took a name, or two and help us help these deserving children have a great Christmas.
We also want to thank this team of elves helping with the setup – the tree looked great!!
2017 Angel Tree
Building on the success of the 2016 Angel Tree program, we set up Angel trees in 2017 to help the children of our community. We were at 3 locations: Krimson Kafe and both Orange Theory Athens locations. Thank you to these locations for again supporting the Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation and our mission.
2016 Angel Tree
The Ashton Hope Keegan foundation is so thankful for all who contributed to the three Angel Trees in 2016! When we started, we had the names of all of the kids on the tree, with the goal of ensuring each of them got a gift.
Orange Theory hosted two of the trees, and Krimson Kafe hosted the third. By the end of the first day, we got a call saying all of the names are taken, and people are asking for more! We added all of the names again – and they were again all taken. In the end, the community donated more than 70 gifts, plus some cash donations, in just over one week!
Due to the generosity of the Athens/Oconee communities, each child on this year’s Angel Tree list will get two gifts instead of one!