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The Christmas tree in the newly renovated lobby of Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club was beautifully adorned with decorations, and the philanthropic spirit of the residents and staff of Piper’s Landing was clearly visible under the tree. It became the gathering spot for 150 toys, including seven bikes, and nearly $1,500 in monetary donations for local children in need during the holiday season.
The collection of toys and other gifts is a tradition that began 14 years ago at Piper’s Landing to support the Salvation Army’s local Angel Tree Program, which helps to light up the lives of more than 1,400 children in need in Martin County.
In 2003, resident Jeanne Lambdin introduced Piper’s Landing to the Angel Tree program, an initiative created to fulfill the individual requests of Martin County families in need during the holidays. The program got its name because the local children identify their gift wishes on greeting cards that feature pictures of angels. The cards are then hung on Christmas trees to allow supporters to choose one or more children to help.
“It is incredibly fulfilling to watch our residents come together in support of such a meaningful and cheerful program to help children in our community,” said Lambdin. “Watching the gifts pile up under our Piper’s tree was heartwarming, and knowing how much joy these presents bring to children captures the spirit of what the holiday season is all about. My heartfelt thanks at all the Piper’s members who contributed. What a wonderful community we have here!”
The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program has shared the thrill of opening the perfect gift with millions of needy children and teens since the late 1900s. This year the program is responsible for fulfilling the wishes of more than 500 families in Martin County by providing children with a minimum of two toys and an outfit.
Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club is a private, luxury gated community in Palm City. With only 302 residences nestled among 600 acres, Piper’s Landing is known for its lush, spacious grounds including an award winning championship golf course, secluded waterfront, Har-Tru® tennis courts and nature preserves. Its yacht basin has become renowned for the rare combination of superb access to the St. Lucie River and Atlantic Ocean, yet has been naturally protected for hundreds of years. For more information, visit www.piperslanding.com.