HOW ANGEL TREE WORKS
There are many children on the Mississippi Gulf Coast who will not receive Christmas presents without the help and support of people like yourself. Here at The Salvation Army, every child who needs Christmas assistance is called an Angel. When you visit a local retailer, you may choose an Angel to “adopt” and purchase new and unused presents to help make their Christmas a little brighter. Every Angel has suggested gift ideas, but we also encourage you to be creative!
Here are the simple steps to adopt an Angel:
1) Take an angel from the Angel Tree
2) Purchase gifts for that child. There are gift suggestions on the Angel provided by the parent, but you can also be creative and purchase items you think that child would enjoy!
3) Don’t wrap your gifts! Bundle all of your new and unwrapped gifts and return them to the business where you received your Angel or you may drop the gifts at our Distribution Center:
4) Don’t forget to include your Angel code on the gifts! This way, we will know which child should receive the gifts.
5) You may include gift wrap and wrapping accessories with your gifts, but please do not wrap your gifts.
ANGEL TREE LOCATIONS
We would like to thank all of our business partners that helped distribute Angels! Without your help, we would not have been able to help over 1,000 children on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
If you would like to have an Angel Tree for your business, please call 228-374-8301. In Jackson County, please call 228-762-7222.
2018 Angel Tree Adoption Locations
The Salvation Army Kroc Center
575 Division St., Biloxi, MS 39530
The Salvation Army Area Command
2019 22nd St. Gulfport, MS 39501
The Salvation Army Jackson County
3217 Nathan Hale, Pascagoula, MS 39581
Walmart Super Center
Pass Christian, Gulfport, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula
MGCCC Perkinston Campus
Gulfport Premium Outlet
Belk Edgewater Mall
In addition to adopting an Angel, you may also donate new toys that children of all ages would enjoy. This way, should any children not receive many presents or not get adopted, we always have extra presents to help make their Christmas extra special. Plus, we always have emergency situations where a family needs help at the last minute.
If you would like to become a Toy Drive location, please contact 228-374-8301. In Jackson County, please call 228-762-7222.
REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR ANGEL TREE2018 Angel Tree Registration *Children should not be brought with you to registration.
Harrison, Stone and Pearl River Counties
2019 22nd St.
October 15 – October 19, 2018
9 am – 12 pm and 1 – 4 pm
October 22-23, 2018
9 am – 12 pm and 1 – 4 pm
3217 Nathan Hale
October 1 – 5, 2018
9 am– 12 pm & 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
At the Hancock Resource Center
454 Hwy 90, Ste. B, Waveland, MS
October 10,11,12,17 ,18 10 am-noon & 1pm – 3 pm
Please call 228-463-8887 for an Appointment Walk-ins will be assisted based on availability.
52 Virginia St, Lucedale, MS
October 23, 25, 26, 2018
9 am – 12 pm and 1 – 4 pm
For more information, call 601-766-3577
Please don’t forget, if you received Angel Tree assistance in 2017 or earlier, you are required to take three life skills courses to be eligible to receive Angel Tree in 2018.
You may download a list of classes available in Harrison, Stone, and Pearl River Counties here:
Hancock County residents receive a list of classes to complete after they have registered for Angel Tree.
Classes available in Jackson and George Counties will be coming soon!
For questions about our Angel Tree program, please contact Major Anita Caldwell at 228-374-9101 or Stacy Crandle 228-206-1920.
HISTORY OF THE ANGEL TREE
History of the Angel Tree
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 sex.
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 “A” for the first child, “B” for the second child, etc.
The angels are then taken to area shopping malls and various local retailers and businesses where they are selected by shoppers who then purchase any or all of the items listed. After purchasing these items, the gifts are returned to the Angel Tree distribution centers.
Each Angel Tree family is given an appointment date and time to come back and receive their gifts for the children or “Angels”. It is not based on a first come, first serve basis. The items that were carefully and lovingly selected and purchased for each child is what the child will receive.