Welcome to the
Greenville, SC Online Angel Tree

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

Our generous community supplies Christmas gifts to children in need every year. We can't do it without you!

Every child should experience the excitement of receiving a present on Christmas, no matter what !

Making a difference in your community…

The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program has been a tradition since 1979.

Every year, Angel Tree serves thousands of children in the Greenville community.

Adopt an Angel entirely online for your convenience and safety!

Angel Tree staff and volunteers devote hundreds of hours of their time each year.

See our Angel Tree team in action as they distribute Christmas gifts to families in need!

By adopting an Angel, you supply a need for a child in need and make Christmas merry and bright for all.

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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Angel tags are created for each individual and made available for "adoption" online.
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Generous Donors select Angels, purchase gifts, and return them to the designated Angel Tree drop-off location by the given deadline.
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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 are able to pick up their gifts prior to Christmas and wrap them for their children!
3
Angel tags are created for each individual and made available for "adoption" online.
4
Generous Donors select Angels, purchase gifts, and return them to the designated Angel Tree drop-off location by the given deadline.
5
Upon their return, the gifts are taken to a Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center for pickup by the Angel families.
6
Families are able to pick up their gifts prior to Christmas and wrap them for their children!
5
Upon their return, the gifts are taken to a Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center for pickup by the Angel families.
6
Families are able to pick up their gifts prior to Christmas and wrap them for their children!

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.

For many families and organizations, Angel Tree is a Christmas tradition. Sharing Christmas cheer with children in need is always a beautiful reminder of what Christmas is truly about.

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