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The Salvation Army Angel Tree Deadline Coming Up

By December 10, 2012

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I always get a lot of questions about the Angel Tree this time of year.  Here are the answers to some of the most popular.

What is the Angel Tree? According to the Salvation Army, the Angel Tree program reaches over 5,000 children in central Arkansas.  The Salvation Army asks screened families to fill out a "wish list" and you can fulfill it for a child in need.  The kids request clothes, coats and normally a toy of some kind.  Last year, for example, the younger kids I played Santa for asked for bikes.   The older one asked for an mp3 player.  You can choose what angel you want and see their wishlist right up front.  The gifts are then brought to the Salvation Army (or the mall) and delivered to the family in time for Christmas.

Where can I adopt an angel? The two main, manned, Angel Tree locations are in Park Plaza Mall.  There, you can actually talk to a volunteer and pick your angel out.  However, Wal-Mart stores all over the city have angels (I haven't been to one that does not).  The employees at Wal-Mart generally do not know a lot about the process or the charity.  You are kind of on your own.

Where do I return the gifts? You return the unwrapped gifts to the same location you adopted the angel or the Salvation Army headquarters at 1111 West Markham Street.  If you don't have time to pick an angel, they will also accept unwrapped toys and gifts for angels who didn't get picked.

How much should I spend? The Salvation Army says there is no set amount, but the recommend amount $30 per child.  You are encouraged to buy them at least one item of clothing and one toy.  Thirty dollars doesn't go far, and I normally end up spending more (some of the kids have wishes like bikes or electronic games).  However, many angels don't get picked at all.  If you only have $30 to spare, it's a worthy cause to just get a few things on their list.

Are donations tax deductible? Yes.  Save your receipts!

When is the deadline? The deadline to apply to be an Angel is pretty early (about four months before Christmas).  The deadline to adopt or return your Angel Tree gifts is December 16, 2012.  I've been told that deadline may be different at some Wal-Mart stores, but the ones I've checked have said the 16th as well.

How do I apply? The application period takes place well before Christmas.  Applications are normally accepted for a week in early October.  After the application deadline, no more angels will be accepted.  To apply you must bring a photo ID,  birth Certificates for all children, proof of income for the last month for all members in household, proof of expenses for the last month (including copies of bills) and any other pertinent documentation you feel needs to be considered.

Bills must be in the name of person seeking assistance.  Bills such as rent or mortgage, electric, gas, water, phone, cable, medical bills alimony, auto insurance Electric/Gas/Water/Phone/Cable/WaterMedical bill you pay each monthChild Supp, etc.  all count.  You must also bring proof of wages and any social security benefits, disability, child support or alimony you receive.  Call the Salvation Army in early October to find out more details.


December 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm
(1) Mrs sutter says:

How does a person go about putting kids on the angel tree that i know need this.. There mom is alone, no vehicle right now, no money, and no job cause no transportation.. :( the kids are two girls ones 5 and ones almost 2 .. Please let me know any info.. That is helpful.. I am really worried about them this christmas..

December 12, 2012 at 1:00 am
(2) littlerock says:

I didn’t put information on how to apply for the tree, because I did mention the deadline is about three months before Christmas (early October). The period to apply is about a week. I add some information for future reference.

You might contact a local church to see if they do outreach, though at this time of the year, you might have a better chance just lending them a hand yourself. Most of the charity groups are pretty full this time of the year.

November 13, 2013 at 12:16 am
(3) rebecca vanbrunt says:

Was just wondering if I could maybe get some help for my kids this x-mas..I am struggling to keep things going and my house is so old and brokendown,I make 9.00 an hour at my job and have4grandkids and two boys of my own.. Ages 23,17,9,7,and twinsat2 monthsold ..I understand if you can,t help me but I thought I would ask for little help to at least do something for them at x-mas,we didn,t have one last year…Your,s truly,

December 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm
(4) Kimberly says:

Rebecca, were you able to find a church or any outreach to help you this Christmas?

December 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm
(5) Kimberly says:

Rebecca, were you able to find a church or outreach to help you out this Christmas?

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