Welcome to the
Lee, Hendry & Glades Online Angel Tree

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program reaches thousands of local children every year.

With all this year has brought, there's still an opportunity to bring joy to somebody else's life.

Every kid should experience the excitement of receiving a present on Christmas, despite their circumstances.

Making a difference in your community…

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program has been a longstanding tradition in our area.

Angel Tree serves approximately 4,000 local children each year.

This year our Angel Tree will serve many families through this online platform.

Salvation Army Angel Tree volunteers devote thousands of hours of their time each year.

Learn how The Salvation Army Angel Tree program and its donors help millions of parents and children in need celebrate Christmas.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

2 Corinthians 9:12

How Angel Tree Works

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Social Service agencies and schools refer families to The Salvation Army for help with Christmas. Applicants are interviewed to verify that their family is in need.
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We obtain the name of each child in the family and a list of desired Christmas gifts and needs.
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Angel Tree tags are provided to local businesses, clubs, churches and organizations and individuals through this online platform or our local office.
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Generous donors select Angels (real, local children), purchase gifts, and return them unwrapped to the Angel Tree by the deadline on each tag.
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Upon their return, the gifts are logged and sorted at our Angel Tree Warehouse and prepared for distribution to parents before Christmas.
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During the week prior to Christmas, families pick up their gifts from the Angel Tree Warehouse.
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Angel Tree tags are provided to local businesses, clubs, churches and organizations and individuals through this online platform or our local office.
4
Generous donors select Angels (real, local children), purchase gifts, and return them unwrapped to the Angel Tree by the deadline on each tag.
5
Upon their return, the gifts are logged and sorted at our Angel Tree Warehouse and prepared for distribution to parents before Christmas.
6
During the week prior to Christmas, families pick up their gifts from the Angel Tree Warehouse.
5
Upon their return, the gifts are logged and sorted at our Angel Tree Warehouse and prepared for distribution to parents before Christmas.
6
During the week prior to Christmas, families pick up their gifts from the Angel Tree Warehouse.

A History Of Community Involvement

Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army's highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army 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. They placed the cards on a Christmas tree at the mall to allow shoppers to select children to help. Thanks to the Whites, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.

Three years later, when the Whites were transferred to Nashville, Tennessee, Angel Tree was launched in the Music City. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ol' Opry, came on board that year as the first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the U.S.

Because of the on-air promotion on WSM in Nashville, as well as national publicity on CNN and the Larry King Show, news of Angel Tree spread across the country like wildfire.

The program includes Angel Trees in local shopping malls and on-site at area corporations, churches and organizations. The local communities have fully supported the Angel Tree program, making it possible to help numerous children and seniors each year.

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