Christmas Assistance

Angel Tree

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 2020 dates are: September 21-30

You can register online by clicking the button below. Or, if you don’t have access to a computer or cannot register online, you can pick up a printed packet from 9AM-3PM Monday-Friday at 1802 Buford St. September 21-30. 

Further instructions will be provided in the application process, either online or the printed packet.

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.