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The Salvation Army needs sponsors to help children receive gifts this holiday season

More than 1,000 children are expected to be enrolled in The Angel Tree Program in San Angelo.
Credit: FOX West Texas

The Salvation Army needs sponsors for gifts for children through its Angel Tree Program this holiday season. During November and December, trees with wishes will be on display at Sunset Mall and local Walmart locations.

The Angel Tree Program is one of Salvation Army’s efforts to give children across Texas the experience of opening presents Christmas morning with the help of donors. 

“The Angel Tree program provides toys and clothing to children, 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,” Major Stan Carr, Salvation Army – San Angelo commanding officer, said. “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.” 

The trees at Sunset Mall and Walmarts are decorated with paper angels, each represented by children who may not receive a gift for Christmas. 

Last year, more than 800 angels were available for adoption in San Angelo, and this year, more than 1,000 children are expected to be enrolled in the program. 

“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,” Carr said. 

Gift distributions will take place Dec. 18, at the Salvation Army Church, 34 W. 3rd St. Volunteers will be needed through November and December to help manage Angel Tree locations, as well as sort and distribute items received.  

For more information on adopting an angel, or volunteer opportunities, call 325-655-6981 or visit salvationarmytexas.org