Welcome to the
Greater Jackson Area Online Angel Tree

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program reaches millions of children every year across the nation.

Through the Angel Tree Adoption program, you have an opportunity to bring joy to someone'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 tradition since 1979.

The Greater Jackson, Mississippi Angel Tree program serves children AND seniors every year.

Angels can be adopted by families, groups, churches, corporations, or as individuals.

Salvation Army Angel Tree volunteers devote millions 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.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

How Angel Tree Works

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The Salvation Army opens our doors to families in need of Christmas assistance. Participants are interviewed to verify that the family is truly in need.
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We obtain the name of each child or senior in the family and a list of needs and wish list for Christmas gifts.
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Angel tags are printed for each individual and placed on Salvation Army Angel Trees at area malls and in local companies and organizations. Angels may also be adopted by contacting their local Salvation Army.
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Generous Donors select Angels, purchase gifts, and return them to the Angel Tree drop-off location by the given deadline on each tag.
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Upon their return, the gifts are taken to a Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center for pickup by the Angel families.
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Prior to Christmas, families visit the distribution center to hear the gospel story of Christmas and pick up their gifts.
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Angel tags are printed for each individual and placed on Salvation Army Angel Trees at area malls and in local companies and organizations. Angels may also be adopted by contacting their local Salvation Army.
4
Generous Donors select Angels, purchase gifts, and return them to the Angel Tree drop-off location by the given deadline on each tag.
5
Upon their return, the gifts are taken to a Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center for pickup by the Angel families.
6
Prior to Christmas, families visit the distribution center to hear the gospel story of Christmas and pick up their gifts.
5
Upon their return, the gifts are taken to a Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center for pickup by the Angel families.
6
Prior to Christmas, families visit the distribution center to hear the gospel story of Christmas and pick up their gifts.

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 Salvation Army Angel Tree program for the local Jackson area serves over 3,000 children and seniors for Hinds, Rankin, Scott, Copiah, Madison, and Yazoo Counties. Each year, parents/guardians of Angel Tree recipients, not working or in school, are required to complete a life skills program provided by The Salvation Army.

Through this unique program, you can help local children and seniors have a joyful Christmas!