Hundreds of children and seniors in Galveston County will receive Christmas gifts this year through The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Generous individuals families and businesses from our community have the opportunity to adopt a child or senior through the Angel Tree program and in a small way deliver the magic and message of Christmas to those in need.
Angel Trees are located at area stores and malls and several corporations chose to decorate Christmas trees at their place of business with Salvation Army Angels for employees to adopt. After selecting an Angel and purchasing the listed needs and requested gifts, these are returned to the Angel Tree location to be processed and distributed by The Salvation Arm to families in time for Christmas. Volunteers diligently work to organize Angel Tree items into family bags prepared for distribution and families collect there gifts based on set appointment times.
The Angel Tree gift distribution in Galveston County will take place at Mall of the Mainland 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Parkway, at the site of the old Dillards on December 16th. Angels will be available for adoption throughout November and due back on December 4 at Center of Hope 601-51st Street Galveston. Last year 1026 Angels were distributed in Galveston County with more than 2000 available for adoption last year.
“The Salvation Army Angel Tree has been a tradition in the USA since 1979. We are so grateful to the community and area businesses for their support, working alongside the The Salvation Army to make sure that children experience the joy of opening a present on Christmas morning and knowing the someone cares for them.” said Captain Jennifer Jones commanding officer of The Salvation Army Galveston County. “Many families have made participation in the Angel Tree a part of their own family traditions – buying gifts for their adopted Angel as a way to teach the act of charity and giving to their own children. Thank you for your support of The Salvation Army Angel Tree program.”
Volunteers are needed throughout November and December to help manage Angel Tree locations, process, organize and distribute the many items received. For more information about adopting an Angel, sponsoring an Angel Tree at your location or volunteer opportunities, please call The Salvation Army at 409-763-1691 or visit us at 601 51st Street Galveston, TX 77551
And as always, secure donations can be made online at www.salvationarmytexas.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.