Christmas Assistance

Angel Tree Adoption

Adopt an Angel and give children JOY and a brighter Christmas!

Each year, The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend helps provide Christmas gifts to over 1,300 children in the Coastal Bend with the help of people like you!

You can help children in need by adopting an angel from our Angel Tree program! When you adopt an Angel, you can purchase them new and unwrapped clothes, shoes, coats, and of course TOYS! Each child registered in our Angel Tree program is called an Angel and they are able to put their clothing sizes, their needs, and their Christmas wish list items on their registration. These details are reflected on each Angel’s tag.

Ways to adopt an Angel:

  1. Online:
  2. Traditional Tag:
    • You can also adopt an angel using our traditional tags that are placed on various trees in the community. (Local Walmart stores, La Palmera Mall, Olive Garden, The Salvation Army Family Store, and more trees TBA.)
    • Once you choose a tag, you shop for that angel according to his or her age, clothing sizes, and wish list items.
    • Then, you bring the items to our administration building (521 Josephine St.) or Family Store (5042 SPID) before December 12.
  3. Corporate & Group Sponsorships:
    • Your company or group can sponsor multiple angels! If your company or group would like to sponsor angels, please contact us by phone (361)442-0863, or email our Angel Tree coordinator:

If you have any further questions about our Angel Tree program or about adopting an Angel, you can call our Angel Tree direct line: (361)442-0863. 

Angel Tree Registration

Families can apply for Christmas assistance and The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend distributes Angel Tags with each child represented on a tag and puts them on special Angel Trees in the community.

The main locations of our Angel trees are: La Palmera Mall and Olive Garden.

If you need assistance with giving your children Christmas gifts this year, you can register for our Angel Tree program.

Registration for 2020 is now closed.

If you need further assistance or have any questions, call our Angel Tree line at (361) 442-0863.

Items required to register:

  • Valid Id/Driver’s License
  • Proof of All Income: SNAP benefits, check stubs, or child support
  • Proof of All BILLS: rent, light, gas, water, cable, car payment, insurance, phone
  • Birth Certificates: for all children 12 or younger/ Or Proof of Guardianship
  • Proof of Residence: lease agreement or notarized letter from homeowner

Important notes:

  • The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend’s Angel Tree serves children ages 12 and younger. We cannot register a child that is not yet born.
  • If you have a child with disabilities, who is older than 12, please make us aware of this.
  • Registration with The Salvation Army does not guarantee that you will receive a gift. The Salvation Army is not responsible for the quantity or quality of the gifts received. This information may be shared with another group or person for assistance or verification.
  • You must bring all the documents with you when you are called for an appointment.
  • By signing the application, you are stating that the information you have given us is correct and true. Any false information could lead to disqualification from our program.


The Adopt-A-Family program provides Christmas toys to homeless children in crisis. To help us with this program, you can sponsor a toy drive, or adopt a family from our Family Services Center.

For more information on how to give, call our main line at (361)884-9497.

Community Care

Each resident at 20 nursing homes in our community receives a special Christmas gift delivered by our Community Care team.