Angel Tree started in 1979 when Salvation Army Majors Charles and Shirley White ran across a Hallmark greeting card with 3 little angels that inspired them. They incorporated the Angels into their local gift giving program, using the art work to create Angel tags with wish lists from area children. The lists were then hung on a Christmas tree at a mall in Lynchburg, Virginia. The idea caught on and grew into one of the biggest annual efforts of The Salvation Army across the country. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have been helped provide Christmas gifts for their children.
Last year, 798 children received gifts through the Angel Tree in Galveston County. We want to reach so many more this year, and it will take an Army to do it! Information on Volunteer Opportunities can be found here!
How to Get Your Child on the Angel Tree:
- Registration for inclusion on the Angel Tree begins October 10 and runs through October 13 from 9:00 until 2:30 pm each day.
- Qualifications and required documentation can be found here: Qualifications & Documentation Requirements. You can also call (409) 515-7563 for a pre-recorded message.
- Currently there is only one registration site and that is the Center of Hope at 601 51st Street in Galveston.
- Pickup of gifts will be in Texas City on December 20, 2016.
How to Adopt Angels:
Many people make Angel Tree part of their Christmas traditions. Angel wish lists will be available for adoption at the end of October. Volunteers who adopt the lists will buy new items requested on the Angel tags and return all the gifts, unwrapped, to the Center of Hope beginning December 5. There will be alternate drop-off locations available in other parts of the county. Those locations will be announced at a later date. All gifts will be transported to the Christmas warehouse in Texas City for processing in preparation of distribution on December 20.
If you want to adopt an Angel wish list(s), contact Holly McDonald at (409) 763-1691, ext. 75313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.