Welcome to the
Contra Costa County Online Angel Tree

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

If you have an opportunity to bring joy to somebody else's life, why wouldn't you?

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.

Angel Tree serves millions of children every year. Contra Costa County served 1,000+ children between 0-12.

Due to Covid-19, our Angel tags are only available online at this site. This year, Angels are 17 and under.

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.

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. Participants are interviewed to verify that the family is truly in need.
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We obtain the name of each child in the family and a list of desired Christmas gifts. Verification is made to ensure that the family is not receiving duplicate services from another agency.
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Due to Covid-19, Angel tags are only available online on this site. Inquire if you are interested in being a corporate or group partner.
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Generous Donors select Angels, purchase gifts, and return them to our location, 3950 Clayton Road in Concord, by December 4th.
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The gifts will be distributed to your Angels on December 15th and 16th in a drive-by system. Families will also receive a Christmas food box and produce. To donate towards food portion, please call office (925) 676-6180.
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We are grateful to our volunteers and donors for helping us meet the needs of our community. Your kindness and generosity blesses many children and their families this Christmas.
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Due to Covid-19, Angel tags are only available online on this site. Inquire if you are interested in being a corporate or group partner.
4
Generous Donors select Angels, purchase gifts, and return them to our location, 3950 Clayton Road in Concord, by December 4th.
5
The gifts will be distributed to your Angels on December 15th and 16th in a drive-by system. Families will also receive a Christmas food box and produce. To donate towards food portion, please call office (925) 676-6180.
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We are grateful to our volunteers and donors for helping us meet the needs of our community. Your kindness and generosity blesses many children and their families this Christmas.
5
The gifts will be distributed to your Angels on December 15th and 16th in a drive-by system. Families will also receive a Christmas food box and produce. To donate towards food portion, please call office (925) 676-6180.
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We are grateful to our volunteers and donors for helping us meet the needs of our community. Your kindness and generosity blesses many children and their families this Christmas.

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.

Due to Covid-19, we do not have any public Angel Trees. Our new digital program this year will allow you to select an Angel Tag online. However, there are a few Angel Trees on-site at local area corporations, churches and organizations. The local communities have fully supported the Angel Tree program, making it possible to help numerous children each year.

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