The Angel Tree Program, along with The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign, is one of The Salvation Army’s best-known Christmas efforts. More than 100,000 children across Texas will experience the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning thanks to generous donors and the help of The Salvation Army.
“The Angel Tree program provides toys and clothing to children, seniors, and families who might be struggling to afford Christmas gifts this year. As we continue to navigate the lingering pandemic, families are still putting their lives back together and trying to make ends meet,” said Lt. Aguirre of The Salvation Army. “Angels are available for adoption by community members and businesses, who in a small way will deliver the magic and message of Christmas to those in need.”
The Salvation Army Angel Trees are located at Walmart, La Plaza Mall, Burks, Capital Plains, and online during the holidays. The trees are decorated with paper angels, each representing a child or senior who – without this program – may not receive a gift at Christmas. “We are forever grateful for the generous support of our community and local businesses that work alongside The Salvation Army to provide a joyous Christmas to those in need,” said Aguirre.
Last year, 1,600 angels were available for adoption in McAllen, and this year we expect to have 1,800 children and seniors enrolled in the program. Gift distribution will take place at 209 N. Broadway at First Baptist Church, from 12/10/2021 to 12/17/2021. Volunteers are needed to help sort and pass out the items to families who will come to collect them on distribution day.
“Last year, there was a brand-new way to support The Salvation Army Angel Tree through Walmart Registry for Good,” said Aguirre. “Walmart has partnered with The Salvation Army to make it possible for donors to purchase needed items online that will be delivered directly to The Salvation Army. You can search for The Salvation Army McAllen at www.walmartangeltree.com and order items today that will benefit local families.”
For more information about adopting an Angel or current volunteer opportunities, please call The Salvation Army at (956) 682-1468. Visit www.salvationarmytexas.org/McAllen/ to learn how you can give or get involved this holiday season.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.