Celebrating Community Partners

Apr 1, 2024

Since 1979, The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program has helped to fulfill the Christmas wishes and needs of children up to 12 years old throughout Central Texas. Low-income families apply to the program starting in September. Parents or guardians provide The Salvation Army with a Christmas wish list for each child that includes new toys or games, along with clothing and shoe sizes. Donors then “adopt” each of these Angels and fill an Angel Tree bag with gifts chosen for each child. Gifts are then distributed to parents a week before Christmas. During Christmas 2023, 6,808 local children were served. 

Hundreds of community partners help make this possible each year. Last Christmas, 135 companies, organizations, and families adopted 4,529 angels. This is an astonishing value of nearly $550,000 worth of gifts provided by our community partners alone. In addition to donations, we also had 2,765 volunteers and 92 groups work alongside our staff throughout the season. 

To show our appreciation for the support and generosity we received, we held an Angel Tree Thank You Breakfast for our partners. It was such a wonderful opportunity to gather with the kind and selfless donors who embodied the spirit of giving and helped make Christmas brighter for thousands of children in our community. Their support went beyond tangible gifts; they served as a beacon of compassion, reminding us of the power we have to bring positive change to the world. 

A huge thank you to all of our corporate partners, and to all of the individual community donors who fulfilled an additional 2,279 angel’s wishes, helping us serve a total of 6,808 children.

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