2018 Christmas Assistance Sign-Up Information
At this time we are not taking public applications. This year families are being identified for Christmas assistance through our community partners and clients we are already working with through our social services programs and Boys & Girls Club. The Salvation Army wants to serve their needs beyond the Christmas season. “Through relationship building and providing resources on a regular basis to families we hope to offer more effective support throughout the year,” says Major Whitney Morton, Corps Officer. The Salvation Army will ensure all agency-based referrals will be given information about services the non-profit provides year-round.
Our staff is working to compile information regarding other local agencies that may be providing Christmas assistance to the public this year. We will update that information once we have it.
Adopt An Angel
Angel Tree matches donors with children from qualified families who are unable to provide gifts and clothing to their children during the holidays. For many donors, the personal connection to a child in the community has become a special tradition. For participating companies and groups, the sponsorship program is a wonderful opportunity for employees to give back to their community through a fun and heartwarming tradition. The Angel Tree program provides underprivileged children with holiday gifts such as bicycles, clothing, special-needs gifts and other items on their wish lists such as toys.
Help us bring the magic of Christmas to children in need!
History of the Angel Tree:
Along with the iconic Red Kettles and Bell Ringers at area retailers, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army’s most familiar Christmas efforts. It was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Lt. Colonels 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 received its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards that featured pictures of angels. They placed the cards on a Christmas tree at the mall to allow shoppers to select children to help. Thanks to Lt. Colonels White, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year. The Angel Tree program continues to play a vital role in helping The Salvation Army make the holidays merrier for thousands of children in need.
How Does the Angel Tree Program Work?
Who am I helping?
Existing Salvation Army clients and families who have been identified through community referrals. Angels range in age from infants to 17 years old. The family will be given an appointment time to receive their gifts at a later date, which will be after all gifts are collected.
When and where will the actual Angel Trees be up and located?
Starting November 12th Angel Trees with Angel Tags will be located in various locations throughout the community. The most visited trees are located at State and Federal Buildings, Pierre Bossier Mall, Mall St. Vincent, and Wal-Mart Stores.
How will I know what to buy?
Once you have chosen a location, pull an Angel Tag from that tree and proceed to purchase a gift for your Angel. Each Angel tag has basic information about a child, age gender, clothing size and a wish list whose family sought assistance. Individuals are physically able to take the tag, purchase an item or items for that particular child and return it to that location or to The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army distributes each gift to the appropriate family.
Do I need to purchase all of the items on the list?
No. Your Angel’s wish list is full of items they need and want this holiday season. The items you choose to purchase are at your discretion.
How much should I plan to spend on my Angel?
On average, donors have found that a donation of $50 – $75 in gifts has provided their Angel with many (if not all) of the items on their wish list.
Can I meet the family I am helping?
Unfortunately, no. The families are very grateful for your generosity, but The Salvation Army maintains the confidentiality of all Angel Tree Program recipients.
Do I need to include a receipt with my gifts?
No, however, you may provide a gift receipt.
Where do I deliver the gifts?
Angel Tree Gifts can be delivered to the same location where the tag was pulled from or dropped off at The Salvation Army, 200 East Stoner Avenue, Shreveport, LA. All gifts must be unwrapped. All gifts and/or tags must be returned by Friday, December 7th.
When will the families receive their gift?
The Angel Tree Warehouse will open to recipients ONLY on December 14 & 15. This is when families will pick-up their toys at their assigned appointment times.
How You Can Get Involved
Participate individually or gather a group of employees from your company, a church, club or neighborhood group and become a Corporate Sponsor.
Determine how many angels you want to help this year.
Pick up an Angel Tree tag or tags at a location near you and shop for the items listed.
Host an Angel Tree Location or a gift drive to collect new and unwrapped gifts for the Angel Tree program.
- Please do not wrap any of the gifts (this is an important security measure)
- Do not combine more than one angel in a bag
- Place all donations for each child into a bag
- Securely tape the Angel Tag with the child’s unique numeric code to the bag
- If you purchase an item that is too large to fit into a bag, write the angel code on a piece of paper and tape to the item
- Do not forget to remove the bottom portion of the Angel Tag for tax receipt purposes
- Return Gifts to an Angel Tree location or The Salvation Army
- If a large item is on a Tag, do not feel obligated to purchase the item — any gift will be appreciated
- No candy