The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program launched; Provide clothes and toys for those in need

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The Salvation Army is launching the Angel Tree program to provide toys and clothing to children, seniors and families who are struggling to afford Christmas presents this year.

The Angel Tree program, along with the Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle campaign, is one of The Salvation Army’s best-known Christmas efforts. More than 100,000 children across Texas will experience the joy of opening gifts on Christmas morning thanks to generous donors and help from The Salvation Army.

“As we continue to navigate the lingering pandemic, families continue to rebuild their lives and try to make ends meet. Angels are available for adoption by community members and businesses, who on a small scale will carry the magic and message of Christmas to those in need. “

Floiran Estrada, Major of the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Angel Trees are located at area malls, Walmart, and other businesses during the holidays. The trees are decorated with paper angels, each representing a child or an elderly person who – without this program – could not receive a Christmas present.

“We are eternally grateful for the generous support of our community and local businesses who work alongside The Salvation Army to provide a Merry Christmas to those in need. “

Floiran Estrada, Major of the Salvation Army

Angels will be available for adoption throughout November and December at Walmart, Sam’s, Bassett Place, and The Outlet Shoppes.

Last year, 1,340 angels were available for adoption in El Paso, and this year the program plans to enroll 1,325 children.

The distribution of gifts will take place at the Christmas Distribution Center on December 16 and 17.

Volunteers are needed to help sort and distribute the items to the families who will collect them on the day of the distribution.

“Last year there was a whole new way to support The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree through the Walmart Registry for Good,” Estrada said. “Walmart has partnered with The Salvation Army to enable donors to purchase the items they need online that will be delivered directly to The Salvation Army.

Those interested can search for The Salvation Army of El Paso on walmartangeltree.com and order items to benefit local families.

For more information on angel adoption or volunteer opportunities, The Salvation Army can be contacted at (915) 544-9811 or by visiting the program at 4300 E. Paisano Dr.

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Elizabeth J. Harless