Salvation Army's Angel Tree program begins

    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, enough to fill the Dallas Cowboys stadium, 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 and families who might be struggling to afford Christmas gifts this year, thanks to the generosity of donors and businesses in the community,” said Captain Juan Gomez III of The Salvation Army. “Angels are available for adoption by community members and businesses, who in no small way help deliver the magic and message of Christmas to those in need.” 

    The Salvation Army Angel Trees are located at area malls, Walmart and other businesses 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 at Christmas, and all year round,” said Captain Juan Gomez III. “There is also the opportunity for your business, civic group or church to host an Angel Tree at your location. Please get in touch if you’d like to support in this way.”

    Angels will be available for adoption throughout the months of November and December at area malls, Walmart and other businesses. Last year, 674 angels were available for adoption in Texarkana, and this year we expect to have 690 children enrolled in the program. Volunteers are needed to help sort and pass out the items to families who will come to collect them on distribution day. 

    “You can also shop for Angel Tree gifts from the comfort of your own home! Thanks to Walmart, donors can purchase gifts for The Salvation Army Angel Tree through Registry for Good,” said Captain Juan Gomez III. “Walmart will deliver these items directly to The Salvation Army. You can search for The Salvation Army Texarkana atwww.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 870-774-2701or visit us at 400 E 4th St –AR 71854. Visit www.salvationarmytexas.org/Texarkana to learn how you can give or get involved this holiday season. 

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