Friends and families have lost jobs, homes, money; even fallen on hard times due to economic circumstances. These same families who are struggling to meet the financial demands of day-to-day life question how they might provide a gift or two for their children on Christmas Day.
Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. And thanks to supporters of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, children in our community will have that joy this year. The Salvation Army also partners with local nursing homes to share the joy of Christmas through the Angel Tree program with senior and disabled adults.
The Angel Tree program involves the community in sharing with those less fortunate in our community. The program acts as a link for donors to provide gifts of new clothing and toys to thousands of children, disabled, special needs, and senior adults who otherwise might not have anything for Christmas.
Children who are recipients of Angel Tree gifts are from families who must qualify and 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, written on an application, and are then transferred to paper “angels” along with the child’s first name, age and sex.
All Angels can be adopted by the community from Angel Trees located at Parkway Place Mall, corporations, and on-line. Contributors choose their own Angels and purchase some or all of the items listed for them as described on the tag. The Angel tag contains a code number which corresponds to the client’s application number. All children in a family have the same code number, followed by “A″ for the first child, “B″ for the second child, etc. Adult tags have a code number with an SN, SA, or NH (Special Needs, Senior Adult, Nursing Home).
All Angel gifts are returned to The Salvation Army’s disclosed locations to be sorted for distribution. All gifts are distributed to families who qualified on a scheduled Distribution Day in December.