The Salvation Army Angel Tree – Making Christmas Dreams a Reality

PRESS RELEASE: Each year, in hundreds of cities across the United States, The Salvation Army provides Christmas assistance to families in need through the Angel Tree program. Here in Corsicana, The Salvation Army is making final preparations for the program registration that will touch the lives of thousands of children and families this Christmas.

The Angel Tree program provides the opportunity for generous donors, families, and businesses to personalize a gift for children in need by adopting an Angel and purchasing gifts for that individual. Angel Trees is set up at area shopping centers and local business. In addition, corporations may choose to decorate Christmas trees at their place of business with Angels for employees to adopt. After choosing an Angel and purchasing the gifts, the Angels are returned to either the Angel Tree location or the to the local Salvation Army and are distributed to the families by The Salvation Army.

“This year, we will be returning to In-Person Angel Tree registration,” said Captain Jennifer Chisholm. “We’re confident the sign up will help keep everything about the Angel Tree registration process safe and efficient for staff, volunteers, and those who will come to us for assistance.”

The Angel Tree program is open to families who live in the Corsicana & Navarro County area.

The Salvation Army of Corsicana will have a one day only pre-registration event for the Angel Tree program and it will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Regular registration days and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4
  • Thursday, Oct. 6
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11
  • Thursday, Oct, 13
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18
  • Thursday, Oct. 20
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26

Registration will occur 9 a.m to 12 p.m. at The Salvation Army of Corsicana Church building and applicants will need to present the following items to register:

  • One form of Identification (Governmental Issued Photo ID)
  • Proof of income and/or Governmental Assistance (if applicant receives SNAP, Medicaid, TANIF)
  • Custody Documentation (if applicant is NOT listed on birth certificates of each child)
  • Birth certificates for each child that is 12 years old and younger (SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS ARE NOT REQUIRED)
  • Only ONE parent or legal guardian may register children.

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 Majors White 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 that very first Angel Tree more than 700 children in Lynchburg enjoyed a brighter Christmas.

“The Angel Tree is one of the most recognizable Salvation Army programs, along with the Red Kettles, and makes it possible for children right here in Navarro County to open gifts on Christmas morning who may otherwise go without,” said Captain Jennifer Chisholm. “This is also a wonderful giving opportunity for individuals and businesses who are looking for a tangible and practical way to support local families. We are so grateful for generous donors who come alongside The Salvation Army and make the Angel Tree possible.”

In 2021, The Salvation Army provided Christmas gifts to more than 680 children and helped 260 families through the Angel Tree program with various toys & clothing items. Alongside the Angel Tree, the community is also encouraged to shop The Salvation Army of Corsicana’s Registry for Good by visiting: www.walmart.com/registry/RR/287089b1-cb11-4a94-a822-7450d4dcd68a.

Shoppers can browse through the registry, make their purchase and the purchased items will ship directly to The Salvation Army and will be given to an Angel.

For more information about registering your children for The Salvation Army Angel Tree program, or about hosting an Angel Tree at your business, church, or place of work, please call the Angel Tree Coordinator, Richard Hernandez at 903-874-7131 or email richard.hernandez@uss.salvationarmy.org. And as always, secure donations can be made online at www.salvationarmytexas.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.