Returning once again for the holiday season, the Angel Tree Program, along with The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign, are the Salvation Army’s best-known Christmas efforts.
“The Angel Tree program provides toys and clothing to children, seniors, and families who might be struggling to afford Christmas gifts this year. With all that 2020 has brought, more families than ever are in need of a little extra support and assistance,” said Major Floiran Estrada, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army. “Angels are available for adoption by community members and businesses, who in a small way will deliver the magic and message of Christmas to those in need.”
More than 100,000 children across Texas will experience the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning thanks to generous donors and the help of The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army Angel Trees are located at Bassett Center, El Paso Outlets, and Walmart (Zaragoza location). The trees are decorated with paper angels, each representing a child or senior who – without this program – may not receive a gift at Christmas.
“We are grateful for the generous support of our community and local businesses that work alongside The Salvation Army to provide a joyous Christmas to those in need,” said Estrada.
Angels will be available for adoption from November 23rd to December 19th. Last year, 6,809 angels were available for adoption in El Paso, and this year we expect to have 1,800 children and seniors enrolled in the program.
Gift distribution will take place at 4814 Montana Ave. from December 17th to December 19th.
“A brand-new way to support The Salvation Army Angel Tree this year is through Walmart Registry for Good,” said Estrada. “Walmart has partnered with The Salvation Army to make it possible for donors to purchase needed items online that will be delivered directly to The Salvation Army. You can search for The Salvation Army El Paso online and order items today that will benefit local families.”
Officials add that volunteers are needed throughout November and December to help manage Angel Tree locations and work to sort and distribute items received.
For more information about adopting an Angel, or current volunteer opportunities please call The Salvation Army at 915-544-9811 or visit us at 4300 East Paisano Drive.
To check out other ways to give or get involve click here.