Welcome to the
Ft Myers Area Command Online Angel Tree

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

You can bring hope and joy to Lee County children and families in need this Christmas.

Every child 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 is a longtime lee County tradition.

Angel Tree serves thousands of Lee County children every year.

Angel Trees are online and on-site at Salvation Army thrift stores and local businesses.

Local Salvation Army Angel Tree volunteers devote hundreds 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's need.
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We obtain the name of each child (age 12 and under) in the family and a list of Christmas wishes and needs. Verification is made to ensure that the family is not receiving duplicate services from another agency.
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Angel tags are printed for each child and placed on Salvation Army Angel Trees at Salvation Army thrift stores and local businesses 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 (December 03, 2021)
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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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Families pick up their gifts the week of Christmas.
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Angel tags are printed for each child and placed on Salvation Army Angel Trees at Salvation Army thrift stores and local businesses and organizations.
4
Generous donors select Angels, purchase gifts, and return them to the Angel Tree by the given deadline on each tag (December 03, 2021)
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Upon their return, the gifts are taken to a Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center for pickup by the Angel families.
6
Families pick up their gifts the week of Christmas.
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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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Families pick up their gifts the week of 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.

In addition to local businesses, organizations and groups, Angel Trees are on-site at Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores in Cape Coral and Fort Myers. Lee County, in its overwhelming generosity has fully supported the Angel Tree program, making it possible to bring hope and joy more than 3,000 local children and their families; meeting a critical need, granting Christmas wishes and providing food for a holiday meal.

Won't you join our army of hope this year?

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