Registration is open for The Salvation Army 2017 Angel Tree program, and families who may qualify are invited to call for an appointment. The annual Angel Tree Program provides toys and clothing to children from birth to 12 years old in families experiencing financial hardship.
Registration for the Angel Tree program is by appointment only. To register for the program, families living in Travis and Williamson counties may call one of the following numbers, Monday-Friday, September 18 – October 13, to set up a registration appointment: 512-445-2003 or 512-993-4654. (NOTE: These numbers do not have voice mail, so it is necessary to keep calling until you get through).
Families applying to the Angel Tree program must bring documentation with them when they come to register, and these details will be provided over the phone. Bilingual speakers will be answering the phones for those who are more comfortable speaking Spanish.
Last year more than 6,512 Angels – each representing a child – were adopted in Travis and Williamson counties. This year, The Salvation Army hopes to provide gifts for 8,000 Angels.
“The Salvation Army Angel Tree program makes it possible for many children who might otherwise go without any Christmas gifts to experience the magic and wonder of Christmas,” explained Major Amy Kelly, associate area commander. “It’s neighbor helping neighbor!”
The Salvation Army Angel Tree program began in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1979. This unique program provides the opportunity for individuals to purchase Christmas gifts for someone less fortunate in their community. The program provides new clothing, shoes, basic needs and ‘wish list’ items to thousands of children throughout the community and across the nation who otherwise might not receive anything for Christmas. Many economic factors contribute to an increase in the number of local families seeking help from the Army during the Christmas season.
For more information about adopting an Angel, sponsoring an Angel Tree at your location or other volunteer opportunities, please visit SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org. And as always, secure donations can be made online at www.salvationarmyaustin.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.