What is The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program?
Since 1889, The Salvation Army has provided Christmas assistance to disadvantaged families and individuals in Travis and Williamson Counties. Through the Angel Tree program, donors can give joy to a child in need during the holiday season.
Once a child has been registered as an “Angel,” The Salvation Army makes a promise to provide Christmas for that child. This promise includes a variety of gifts for each child. In order to accomplish this, The Salvation Army depends on the generosity of individual donors, corporations and organizations. Last year, 200 companies and organizations helped fulfill the gift requests of more than 4,000 Angels. The remaining 2,800 Angels were adopted from our Mall Angel Trees and our online Angel Tree.
Volunteer at the Christmas Cheer Center
Volunteers at our Christmas Cheer Center work for weeks sorting and distributing all of these gifts. Sign up here to volunteer at the Christmas Cheer warehouse.
In 2013, more than 6,800 children in Travis and Williamson counties received gifts through the Angel Tree program. With the generous help of donors, The Salvation Army Angel Tree will assist more than 7,000 people this holiday season in the Austin area.
Online Angel Tree
You can adopt your Angels here and if you shop online, please have them shipped to our Christmas Cheer Center located at 6510 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78745. IMPORTANT: Please be sure to provide your Angel identification number in the Special Notes section of the shipment. This is necessary in order for your gifts to get to the right child.
Listen for Angel Tree Stories on The Majic of Christmas
Listen to The Majic of Christmas on 95.5 FM December 1 – 19 to hear stories of hope and inspiration from Angel Tree families and others served by The Salvation Army.
How does someone become a Salvation Army “Angel”?
Families in need can sign up for assistance at a Salvation Army registration location. They must meet the federal minimum poverty guidelines to qualify. We serve children ranging in age from infants to 12 years old. The Salvation Army maintains the confidentiality of all program recipients.
How does it work?
Once Angels have been registered, Angel “tags” or ornaments are printed with that Angel’s name, age, gender, gift requests and a code number. Companies and organizations can participate in our Corporate Angel Tree program and adopt Angels to hang on a tree at their workplace, school or church. You can also visit one of 3 Austin area shopping malls and adopt a child from one of our Mall Angel Trees. After the Angel’s gifts have been purchased, they are returned to The Salvation Army where they are sorted by their unique code numbers and distributed to the families.
Return Gift Process
Return gifts to the Angel Tree booth at your designated mall from November 15 – December 13. The hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10:00am – 9:00pm and Sunday from 1:00pm – 6:00pm. The presents are not to be wrapped. Lakeline (upstairs by JC Penney) or Barton Creek Square (at bottom of escalator between the two Dillard’s) Malls.
You can also mail or drop off gifts at the Christmas Cheer Center located at 6510 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78745. The hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm. For further assistance please contact (512)445-2003.
Questions? Email us at AngelTreeAustin@USS.SalvationArmy.org and let us know how we can help.
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