ABOUT angel tree

Angel Tree is a unique program that The Salvation Army started in 1979 to bring the community together to share the Christmas spirit with less fortunate people. The program provides gifts of new clothing and toys to thousands of children who otherwise might not receive anything for Christmas. Your donation will help put a smile on a child's face this Christmas.

40 Year History of The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program was created in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.


The program got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards that featured pictures of angels.


Through The Salvation Army Angel Tree program, necessities and Christmas gifts are provided for disadvantaged children from infants to age 12 and for senior citizens 60+.


Angel Trees are traditionally placed in area stores during the first part of November.


Each tree is adorned with angel tags containing a child's age, gender, clothing size and gift wishes.


Community members select an "angel," purchase items for that child or senior based on the information on the tag, and then return the gifts to the store where the angel was chosen.


For more information on how you can help with the Angel Tree Program please contact us (mailto: or visit