Holiday Traditions at Franklin Street

An Interview with Melissa Hazlewood, VP, Management, Franklin Street

It’s not too early to think about holiday plans for your properties and team! So we asked Melissa Hazlewood, a client with a lot of holiday spirit, to share some of her company’s traditions for celebrating the holiday at her properties, with her team and the community.

Melissa believes in holding Christmas celebrations at her properties and with her staff, because “Christmas is a great time to visit with tenants and people she doesn’t see often — to reconnect.” She also believes that “Christmas is about doing for others, especially the less fortunate.” Over the years, The Salvation Army Angel Tree program has turned into a fun team project!

In fact, The Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree program has grown into an annual company tradition! Learning about how much The Salvation Army and this program had meant to Jack and Reba Couture, the parents of A1 Orange president Vickie Head, she began participating as a way of honoring their memory for her.

She enjoys being part of this wider community’s effort with giving and generous people. Each year, Melissa shares A1 Orange’s Christmas Angel email with her staff and they always have great participation!

Thanks for answering questions about your holiday traditions at Franklin Street with us, Melissa.

  1. Do you decorate in any way for the holidays at your properties? Yes, all buildings get decorations per approved budgets.
  2. Do you hold any holiday activities for tenants? Is there a favorite tradition? We try to do a full luncheon for all buildings. Sometimes we do chocolate fountains, but we prefer more of a holiday lunch because we find it a better way to reconnect with our tenants and friends.
  3. Do you have any holiday celebration for your team? Yes, Heidi does a phenomenal job with team activities. This past year we played a game where we had to draw a holiday themed picture on a paper plate while keeping the plate on our head while Heidi told us what to draw – great fun. See the photo heading this article.

A few questions about your participation in The Salvation Army Christmas Angel Program:

  1. How did you get involved with The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program? When I learned about how much The Salvation Army and this program had meant to President Vickie Head’s parents, Jack and Reba Couture, I began to participate as a way of honoring their memory for her. It is fun to be part of a larger community effort of giving and generous people.
  2. Do you ask for a specific age or gender child? No, but I do try to picture the child while I’m shopping for them and I’d love to meet my “Angel.”
  3. Is there anything especially memorable about a child’s gift request that comes to mind? No, I think the remarkable thing is that there are children without warm clothes or shoes or toys and its heartbreaking. This is what makes me happy to help.

The holidays will be here before we know it. Thanks for sharing, Melissa!

Become an Angel Sponsor!

Join A1 Orange in Making Christmas Special

for Deserving Children

From Orlando, Jacksonville & Tampa through

The Salvation Army’s Angel Christmas Tree Program!


Each Christmas season, The Salvation Army identifies deserving children, and then makes these “Angels” available for adoption through groups such as A1 Orange. This is A1’s 13th year with the Angel program, and due to your enthusiastic support last year, we’ve committed to 100 Angels from Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa.

How can you participate in A1 Orange’s Angel Drive for The Salvation Army?

  1. Adopt an Angel — When you adopt one of The Salvation Army’s Angels, you agree to purchase gifts and a couple of clothing items for a specific child. The child’s gift wish list and sizes are provided to you.
  2. Make a Donation & We’ll Do the Shopping for You! — Purchasing gifts and clothing for one Angel costs about $100, but your donation can be in any amount, and we’ll purchase Christmas list items for Angels with your donation. Send a check with “Angels” in the memo area or enclose a sticky or note with your check.

If you choose to shop for your Angel’s gifts, how doe’s this work? In early November, you’ll get an “Angel Card” for each child you adopt, including the child’s first name, gender, age and sizes. Most people purchase a toy for each child as well as an outfit, pajamas, underwear, shoes and socks. There is no set amount, but the average is $75/100+ per child. (Bargain shoppers may do better!)

When you receive your Angel, we’ll advise you of the gift deadline for your chosen area. Gifts will need to be purchased by early December, and we’ll provide information on where to drop your unwrapped gifts – depending upon your location.
How do you sign up? Email Brenda Dost , telling us how many Angels you want. Requests are filled on a first come-first served basis, but you may also state preferences regarding:
  • The child’s age and sex, and
  • Location – Orlando, Jacksonville or Tampa.
For more information, email Brenda or call her at (800) 874-6207.
Gifts are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Please keep your receipts and attach them to a copy of your Angel Card(s) to submit with your taxes.