Angel Tree Registration in Orange County begins

Published 10:41 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Special to The Leader

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. The program provides opportunities for generous donors, families and businesses to purchase and personalize a gift for a child or senior citizen in need. Angel Trees are typically set up at shopping centers and malls. In addition, corporations may choose to decorate a Christmas tree at their place of business with Angels for employees to adopt. After an Angel is chosen and gifts are purchased, the items are returned to The Salvation Army Angel Tree location to be distributed in time for Christmas.

Angel Tree registration will take place at 1950 MLK Drive in Orange, Mon., Nov. 6 – Thurs., Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon and Sat. Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Applicants will need to bring the following items to register:

  • One form of Identification – Driving License or Passport
  • Proof of residence – One Utility Bill0
  • Proof of Income or SNAP Benefit Letter
  • Birth certificates for children 12 years old and younger
  • Verification of Attending School District within Orange County
  • FEMA Application (For Families Affected By the Disaster)

Only a parent or legal guardian may register a child – proof of guardianship must be provided.

Along with the Red Kettle Campaign, the Angel Tree is one of The Salvation Army’s most familiar Christmas efforts. The Angel Tree was created in 1979 in Lynchburg, VA when Majors Charles and Shirley White ran the program at a local shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmastime.

The name was given 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 Salvation Army to Lynchburg, VA at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.

Today, the Angel Tree is one of The Salvation Army’s best supported programs and makes it possible for millions of children to open gifts on Christmas morning.

For more information about registering your children for The Salvation Army Angel Tree please call 409-291-8400. Secure donations can be made online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.