Angel Tree Program
The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program provides new clothing and/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.
Our Angel Tree program makes it possible for parents to share gifts with their children on Christmas morning. The Salvation Army's Christmas program assisted 3,833 children (1,717 families) during Christmas Fiscal Year 2014.
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. In 2013, Angel Trees could be found in the malls listed below.
Columbiana Centre Columbia Place Mall
Volunteers: The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help with registration week, set up week, and distribution week at our Christmas warehouse. 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 Andrew McIntyre at 803-223-9969 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.