The Angel Tree is a unique program that started in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1979. It involves the community in a direct way allowing them to become personally involved by sharing with those less fortunate in their community. The program provides gifts of new clothing and toys to thousands of children who otherwise might not have anything for Christmas.
Children who are recipients of Angel Tree gifts are from families who have applied for Christmas assistance through the Social Services program of The Salvation Army. During the application process, the clothing sizes and special needs of the children are determined and written on the application and is then transferred to paper “angels” along with the child’s first name, age, and whether the gift is for a boy or a girl.
The “angels” contain a code number which corresponds to the client’s application number. All children in a family have the same code number, followed by “1” for the first child, “2” for the second child, etc.
The angels are then taken to area shopping malls where they are selected by concerned shoppers who then purchase any or all of the items listed. After purchasing these items, the gifts are returned to the Angel Tree.
Volunteers staff each mall location.
To learn more about Volunteer opportunities or Adopting an Angel from The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree please contact The Salvation Army in your area. You can find The Salvation Army office nearest you here.
Registration for Angel Tree assistance takes place from late September to early November. Please contact your local Salvation Army for details.