Last Chance for Families to Register for their Children to Be Included in Annual Angel Tree Gift-Giving Program

boy opening gifts - The Salvation Army Angel Tree

AUSTIN, TX (October 18, 2016) – Registration is closing soon for The Salvation Army Angel Tree program, and families who may qualify are invited to call for an appointment by Thursday, October 20. The annual Angel Tree Program provides toys and clothing to children from birth to 12 years old in families experiencing financial hardship.

To register for the program, families living in Travis and Williamson counties may call one of the following numbers by Thursday at 4:00 p.m. to set up an appointment: 512-445-2003 or 512-822-0923. (NOTE: These numbers do not have voice mail, so it is necessary to keep calling until you get through). The Salvation Army is also taking walk-ins at the Christmas Cheer Warehouse at 6510 S. Congress Avenue, until Friday at 3:00 p.m. Calling in is highly recommended in order to avoid a longer line and to ensure qualification and proper documentation.

Last year more than 6,000 Angels were adopted in Travis and Williamson counties. This year, The Salvation Army hopes to provide gifts for 8,000 Angels – local children in need.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program began in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1979.  This unique program provides the opportunity for individuals to purchase Christmas gifts for someone less fortunate in their community that they don’t even know.  The program provides new clothing, shoes, basic needs and ‘wish list’ items to thousands of children throughout the community and across the nation who otherwise might not receive anything for Christmas. Many economic factors contribute to an increase in the number of local families seeking help from the Army during the Christmas season.

For more information about adopting an Angel, sponsoring an Angel Tree at your location or other volunteer opportunities, please visit SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org. And as always, secure donations can be made online at www.salvationarmyaustin.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 London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 127 years in the Austin area. Locally tens of thousands of people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to gifts for children in need at Christmas, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Eighty-three cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org), Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin or Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin.