Social media influencers get results for Salvation Army Angel Tree program

They’ve set a goal of $200,000 to help Salvation Army

ORLANDO, Fla. – Maddy Lee Ann, 17, and Athena Choudhry, 15, have a mission this holiday season. They are hoping to get as many donations for this year’s Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.

And they are doing it with the help of social media.

“We have used our platforms to reach a lot of people and volunteering this way, it’s not like you have to go somewhere, you can live at your house and reach a lot of people,” Maddy said.

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Reaching people, especially the younger generation, is what they’re doing by posting on platforms like Instagram and TikTok.

One of the most popular posts was an 11-second video with Captain Ken Chapman doing a TikTok dance in an effort to Get Results.

“People usually have a positive reaction because what I do is positive. I’m giving back to the community. I’m only 15 but I want to be so engaged in my community,” Athena said.

The teens are actually two out of 22 social media influencers volunteering with the Salvation Army’s Osceola Hope Take Over program.

Their goal is to reach $200,000 to help Central Florida families in need this Christmas.

So far, they’ve reached $12,000 just by spreading a positive message to the next generation of donors.

“This is our community and we want to better our community and reach people,” Maddy explained.

“It’s important to give back because at the end of the day, we are all one. We want to make sure everyone has the bare necessities,” Athena said.

You can find out how to help the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program on our website.

About the Author:

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!