Welcome to the
Greenville, South Carolina Online Angel Tree

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program reaches thousands of children each year in Greenville County.

By adopting an Angel, you are bringing joy to a child in your community.

Every child should experience the excitement of receiving gifts 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 1000's of children every year, right here in Greenville.

Angel Trees are virtual! Giving access to hundreds more generous members of this community.

If interested in volunteering with Angel Tree, please visit Salvationarmygreenville.org

Learn how The Salvation Army Angel Tree program and its donors help millions of parents and children in need celebrate Christmas.

The choice to help someone here in Greenville will always be a good one. We would love to have you join us as we Do the Most Good this Holiday Season.

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 and a list of desired Christmas gifts.
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Angel Tree tags are printed for each individual and placed on The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Virtual Angel Tree.
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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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On Dec 15, families pick up their gifts at the Greenville Distribution Center.
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Angel Tree tags are printed for each individual and placed on The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Virtual Angel Tree.
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
On Dec 15, families pick up their gifts at the Greenville Distribution Center.
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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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On Dec 15, families pick up their gifts at the Greenville Distribution Center.

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 program includes an Angel Tree easily accessible online! The local communities have fully supported the Angel Tree program, making it possible to help numerous children every year.

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