Angel Tree Program


The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides new clothing or toys for children of needy families. A sponsoring company or corporation places a Christmas tree in a secure, high-pedestrian traffic area or lobby. The tree is decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child who will receive the gift. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.

Sponsors: Each year, sponsors ranging from neighborhood associations to private companies volunteer to place Angel Trees in high-traffic areas within their community, organization or office. Many sponsors provide a tree as an added donation along with promotional materials to inform their community, members or staff of the program along with confidential information about the children, who will benefit from their generosity. The sponsoring organization also serves as a collection point for the gifts, and provides secure storage until a volunteer from The Salvation Army can collect the gifts for distribution along with food and meals to help needy families enjoy the holiday season.  

Volunteers: In many locations, The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help distribute the gifts along with food for holiday meals to the participating families. Often times, employees and family members of the sponsoring organization help distribute their group’s gifts throughout their community. Community volunteer and service groups; church groups and retired senior volunteer programs often aid The Salvation Army during the holidays and throughout the year, but more volunteers are always needed.

How to Help: If you would like to sponsor an Angel Tree in your community, or would like to volunteer during the holidays or anytime during the year, please contact your local Salvation Army offices.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree Adoption Procedure

After selecting your angel you will be given the angel. On the bottom of your angel you will find a label with a code number, child’s name, age, clothing sizes and toy wish or hobby. This represents a child whose parent has applied for Christmas assistance. Each child receives a code (for example 200A). Please make sure that this code is placed on each item that you purchase for your angel.

We ask that gifts be new and that they be returned unwrapped. If you wish to purchase wrapping paper, place the code on that as well, and we will see that the parents of that child receives the paper along with their gifts.

The gift wish on the angel is only a suggestion. We ask each parent to share with us what his or her child likes to do. You are free to purchase what you would like to for the child. Each gift item that you purchase for your angel goes directly to that angel.

We ask that you please bring the gifts back to the location from which the angel is adopted by the return date (TBA). By having the gifts by this date, we will have ample time to prepare them for distribution.

With your continued support a child’s face will shine much brighter this Christmas because of you. Thank you and God bless!


  • Major Brenda Shafer
    205-553-1600, ext. 101