Through The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, necessities and Christmas gifts are provided for disadvantaged children from infants to age 12 and for seniors citizens who are 60 years and older. The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga offers holiday assistance to provide necessities and joy to many children, seniors and families in Hamilton, Bradley and Marion counties in Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in Georgia.
Angel Trees are placed in area stores during the first part of November. Each tree is adorned with angel tags containing an angel's age, gender, clothing sizes and gift wishes. Community members select an "angel," purchase items for that child or senior based on the information on the tag, and then return the gifts to the store where the angel was chosen.
The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga provided 4,525 Angels with Christmas joy in 2015!
In order to qualify, applicants must meet income guidelines and not be receiving aid from other Christmas programs. Angel Tree Registration begins in October.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Angel Tree Program, please sign up online . If you have questions, please call 423-756-1023 .
Become a Corporate Angel Tree Partner
Please consider serving with The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga as a Corporate Angel Tree Partner. As a Corporate Angel Tree Partner, you'll set up a Christmas tree in a common area at your location. The Salvation Army brings colorful paper Angel tags for you to decorate your tree. Each tag contains the name, age, gender and special items needed for a child or senior. Your co-workers, church or club members will then select one or more "Angels" for whom to shop. The gifts they purchase are to be returned to your location.
Please determine how many angels you want to help this year, and The Salvation Army will bring you the Angel tags, gift storage bags and other information you'll need. Assign someone from your group to be responsible for the management of your Angel Tree. That person makes sure all Angels are adopted and all gifts are returned on time, and also arranges to have the gifts dropped off or picked up the first week of December. For additional information, please call 423-756-1023 or email Gordon Hall at Gordon_Hall@uss.salvationarmy.org .
Angel Tree History
Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army's highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia, shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.
The program got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards that featured pictures of angels. They placed the cards on a Christmas tree at the mall to allow shoppers to select children to help. Thanks to the Whites, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.
Three years later, when the Whites were transferred to Nashville, Tennessee, Angel Tree was launched in the Music City. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ol' Opry, came on board that year as the first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the U.S.
Because of the on-air promotion on WSM in Nashville, as well as national publicity on CNN and the Larry King Show, news of Angel Tree spread across the country like wildfire.