The WBRC FOX6 Gifts for Kids Salvation Army Angel Tree Program provides an opportunity to spread joy and cheer to those less fortunate during the holidays. Whether you are an individual, family, organization, church, business or club, you can help make a difference by accepting any number of Angel Tree “tags” from The Salvation Army.
Each Angel on the tree represents the wishes and desires of a local child in the Birmingham area. Through the Angel Tree program, families and children have their specific needs and wants met providing hope to these families in need. This year, thanks to our sponsors and the community, we are providing Christmas gifts for 5,371 children in the Birmingham area!
November 10 – December 3 – Brookwood Village
The Angel Tree is now up at Brookwood Village, upstairs in front of Books-A-Million. Stop by Brookwood Village during normal operating hours, 10 am – 9 pm Monday – Saturday and Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. This is a fun family tradition for many in the Birmingham area. Stop by and select an angel from the tree, shop and return all gifts to Brookwood Village by December 3.
November 10 – December 13 – Area Chick-fil-A Locations
All area Chick-fil-a locations are hosting Forgotten Angel Trees for the Angel Tree Program. If you would like to help, you can take a toy or coat to any local Chick-fil-A in Birmingham. The deadline for these donations is Wednesday, December 13. All the toys and coats donated will help our Forgotten Angels. Each year many of our angels go unadopted, meaning they don’t get returned to us for one reason or another. The angel tag on the Forgotten Angel trees will have a generic item needed that we use to fill the needs of an angel that may not have been adopted. Simply return your new unwrapped gift to any area Chick-fil-A. Those gifts will then go to children that may otherwise go without gifts this holiday season. This is a very important part of the Angel Tree program and these toys and coats help so many children in Birmingham!
Sign-up & Volunteer with The Salvation Army
We have many volunteer opportunities available throughout the holiday season. If you’re interested in serving as a volunteer, please view available volunteer opportunities online: CLICK HERE
The History of WBRC FOX6 News Gifts for Kids
In 1998, WBRC teamed up with the Department of Human Resources to help collect toys for foster children in Jefferson County. Since then, the WBRC FOX6 News Gifts for Kids program has expanded to include several counties in and around Birmingham, providing toys to tens of thousands foster children in the Birmingham metro area. In 2007, WBRC FOX6 News partnered with The Salvation Army of Birmingham.
The History of The Salvation Army Angel Tree
Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army’s highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.
The program got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards featuring pictures of angels and placing them on a Christmas Tree at the mall. Thanks to the Whites, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.
Three years later, when the Whites were transferred to Nashville, Tennessee, Angel Tree was launched in Music City during the 1982 Christmas season. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ole Opry, came on board that year as the first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the U.S.
Because of the on-air promotion on WSM in Nashville, as well as national publicity on CNN and the Larry King Show, news of Angel Tree spread across the country like wild fire. Since that time, the program has grown to include Angel Trees throughout the country.