No, it was not something relating to the drag strip or the track. The new record was the single-season record for adopting the most Angels on the Salvation Army Angel Tree.
This year the club bought toys, clothes and other necessities for 105 boys and girls. The club smashed its old record, set last year, when the club adopted 91 Christmas Angels.
All of the gifts were purchased Friday morning at the Elizabethton Walmart. Club members, friends and helpers who enjoy shopping reported to the front door at 9 a.m. The Elizabethton High School Choir was there to serenade them with Christmas carols.
Trudy Brumitt was in charge of the treasury and made sure the club spent all of the money allotted for the Christmas Angels without going in the hole. “The club has been in existence for 37 years and we have been doing this for 11 years, so we have a pretty good feel for how to do it,” she said.
Her husband, Eddie Brumitt, was the officer in charge of the event. He will soon be appointed president of the club. He said he was hoping the club could buy for 100 Christmas Angels this year. He was told that would make the club the largest donor to the Christmas Angel program in the Johnson City area.
In addition to the purchases for the Angels, the club had enough money to purchase eight additional toys in case some Angels do not receive enough gifts in their basket. The club is having a monthly meeting next week and each member is supposed to bring another toy, so that means an additional 43 toys for Christmas Angels whose baskets were not complete.
Lt. Bethany Yocum of the Salvation Army supervised the effort, distributed the Christmas Angel cards with the needs and wants of each child and made sure all gifts were loaded onto a Salvation Army truck. One of the most ambitious friends of the car club was April Proffitt, who shopped for 10 Angels.
Yocum said there is still plenty of time to adopt a Christmas Angel. She said the Salvation Army will accept the gifts until 5 p.m. Dec. 6. After that, they all must be sorted and packaged. Yocum said the Christmas Angel trees can be found at the Walmarts on Browns Mill Road and Market Street in Johnson City and the Elizabethton location; or at the Johnson City Mall. Yocum said the gifts for the Christmas Angels should include new winter clothing in the child’s sizes, and other essentials, such as diapers for young children. The gift should also include two or three age-appropriate toys.
The shopping continued to 12:30 p.m. By that time, they had broken the old record of 91, and were still going strong.