Angel Tree, brings Christmas to the disadvantaged. You can help a child or family by donating to the Angel Tree Program. Find out how to get free toys and gifts. This Christmas charity is sponsored by the Salvation Army and provides Christmas toys for children and gifts for teens and seniors and families in need. This program is run by generous donations from groups, organizations, and caring people like you! Your donations help children each year!
Often, we take for granted that there are others in our own communities who can not afford food, warm clothing or even the ability to buy Christmas toys, games or clothing for their children. Angel Tree is a program that is worth supporting. Your gifts will help make a difference in the life of a needy child or senior.
Where to Find an Angel Tree
If your organization would like to host an Angel, go online to the corporate site and fill out a registration form and return it before October 17. There is a short window of time to sign up and when registration ends, you can not get help. Once they have a list of children, teens and senior names they can estimate how many gifts the need to process. Dates will vary in some states. Specify how many people your organization would like to help and attend training.
You will receive a kit, including Angel’s tags for your tree. Decorate your tree appropriately for Christmas with lots of Angels, and advertise the event by e-mails, posters and lunchroom bulletin boards. You can choose to adopt an Angel to help this Christmas. They can also use your help as a volunteer to work at the Secret Santa Warehouse.
Support from JCPenny the Christmas
JCPenny is a great supporter of the Angel Tree Program. They have made it easy to make the online donation process to an angel simpler. At their site, you can create a giving group for your job, group or organization, to adopt a family for Christmas giving to seniors, teen and, of course, children. You can also locate a group or individual you have chosen to help with a donation. When purchasing a gift for Angel Tree from the site, you get free shipping. December 9th is the last day to donate a gift to an angel!
How the Angel Tree Program Works
If you are looking for a Christmas help, you can sign with one of the Salvation Army registration locations in your city. In order to be eligible to receive help, you must meet the federal qualifications and minimum poverty guidelines. You will need to bring proof of your financial standing as well as documentation from the Department of Social Services if you are received assistance. They help children up to the age of 12 years and the elderly from 62 and up.
If you have registered to become an Angel, you name, age, sex, clothing, and shoe sizes will be placed on a tag and hung on an Angel Tree located in a Mall, Company, Church or Organization. Those who want to participate will choose a tag from the tree, purchase the gifts and return them to the Salvation Army to sort and distribute to the Angels (organizations that give out gifts.)
If you want help from Angel Tree, contact your local Salvation Army office or go to salvationarmyusa.org. They accept application every year in September – the end of October. Call to schedule a meeting where you will be screened and processed. Bring proof of income or proof of assistance from the Department of Social Services. To contact help in your area go online and look up, “The Salvation Army” and the name of your city, or do a 411 operator request for the number.