Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, announced they are contributing $10,000 from The Scherzer Family Fund to The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command to help offset the losses caused by the theft of children’s gifts last weekend. Several teens stole items that were intended for the Angel Tree Program, which provides gifts to needy children in the Washington, DC area who would not otherwise have presents on Christmas Day.
Max and Erica Scherzer both hope that “this donation will serve as an incentive to others to give to those in need during this holiday season.”
The Salvation Army’s Area Commander, Major Lewis R. Reckline expressed his excitement at the news, saying, “We were elated to hear this wonderful news from Max and Erica Scherzer. We want to thank the Scherzer family and other generous donors. We now have received the funds needed to cover the additional expense and can begin our distribution to families in DC starting December 17, 2015.”
Major Reckline added, “Our hope is that others will see this generous outpouring and be inspired to give at a Red Kettle or at www.salvationarmynca.org. Need knows no season and contributions are needed to sustain critical programs year round, including rent, utility, food, and shelter assistance.”
The Angel Tree Program provides gifts to 14,000 children in the National Capital region and about 6,000 children in the District of Columbia.