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Angel Tree Registration Closing Soon for Children in Need

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 And as always, secure donations can be made online at 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 (,, or

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Give joy to families in our community this Christmas by participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

boy opening gifts - The Salvation Army Angel Tree

Each year the Salvation Army provides toys and clothing to children in need at Christmas. Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Austin community, we provided gifts to more than 6,800 local children. With your help we will help 7,000 individuals in the Austin area this year.

Our online Angel Tree adoption has ended, but you can learn how to adopt an Angel at an area mall by Saturday, December 13.

“It’s an act of showing someone that you love them.”


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Families in need are referred to the Salvation Army by social services or schools. We verify the needs of the family and then each child registered with Angel Tree is printed a tag that’s hung on one of the trees located in malls and in participating corporations and organizations across Travis and Williamson counties.

Angel Tree tags

We Need You!

This is where you come in! We need volunteers who will adopt Angels, or who will give their time by manning Angel Trees in the malls or helping in the Salvation Army Distribution Center where gifts are organized and where families will pick up the gifts. Click here to see all Angel Tree volunteer opportunities and sign up now. You can find Angels at Angel Trees Lakeline, Barton Creek Square and The Domain.

See our Angel Tree page for more information on how it works. Tune in to The Majic of Christmas on 95.5 from December 1-19th to hear from Angel Tree families and others served by the Salvation Army.




Ben Rivera at the Christmas Cheer Center.

Majic 95.5 Salvation Army Volunteer of the Month – Ben Rivera

Ben Rivera at the Christmas Cheer Center.

Ben Rivera at the Christmas Cheer Center.

What would you do if you had two months off from work every year? Would you take a vacation, or just some much needed R & R at home?

Our January Volunteer of the Month doesn’t take a vacation OR a “staycation”. Instead, every year in November and December when he is off work from his job at the IRS, Ben Rivera spends 40 hours a week volunteering at the Angel Tree warehouse in South Austin, helping ensure that needy children have a happy Christmas. You can watch our Angel Tree time lapse video here to get a glimpse into the warehouse and this awesome operation!

For the last six years, Ben has been volunteering with the Angel Tree Program at the Christmas Cheer Warehouse. The Salvation Army can always count on him to get the job done. Ben has saved The Salvation Army in excess of $47,000 through his generous volunteer efforts. Wow!! It’s amazing how his dedication has added up!

Ben is an unassuming person – going quietly about the work he does so well. He directs other volunteers and assists staff as needed during the hectic holiday season. The best part is, he does all this with a contagious smile and positive spirit.

So, it is easy to see why Ben is the Majic 95.5 Salvation Army Volunteer of the Month for January, 2014. Thank you, Ben!