Welcome to the
Memphis Area Command Online Angel Tree

The Salvation Army Memphis Angel Tree program reaches thousands of children and seniors every year.

If you have an opportunity to bring joy to somebody else's life…why wouldn't you? Giving is a family affair.

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 of thousands of Memphis children each year.

Angel Trees are on-site in shopping malls, corporations, churches and organizations.

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.

Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13: 34

How Angel Tree Works

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Participants are randomly selected and then verified based on need. Some senior adults and families are referred by partnering agencies to The Salvation Army for help with Christmas.
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We obtain the name of each child or senior and a list of desired 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.
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Generous Donors select Angels, purchase gifts, and return them to the Angel Tree 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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During the seven days prior to Christmas Eve, families 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.
4
Generous Donors select Angels, purchase gifts, and return them to the Angel Tree 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
During the seven days prior to Christmas Eve, families 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
During the seven days prior to Christmas Eve, families 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.

This year marks the 31st year of the Angel Tree Program in Memphis. Introduced by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary in 1986, the first Angel Tree served 599 needy children and senior citizens. In recent years, over 5,000 children & seniors have been served over the year.

Angel Trees are located in local shopping malls & on-site at area corporations, churches & organizations. The local communities have fully supported the Angel Tree program, making the season brighter for neighbors in need.

MEM Angel Tree Corporate Partners:

  • Delta Dental
  • FEDEX
  • AutoZone
  • Cspire
  • WREG3
  • Cargill