Salvation Army needs hosts for Angel Trees
The Salvation Army said it needs more hosts for Angel Trees to meet this year’s growing demand.
Angel Trees are placed with businesses, organizations, church groups, and clubhouses to provide gifts for kids in need during the holiday season, but this year, The Salvation Army says they’re lacking sponsors, and more than half of the 2,400 kids already registered have yet to be matched with a host partner.
The trees are decorated with paper angel tags representing a child who may not receive a gift for Christmas without this program.
In 2019, The Salvation Army provided nearly 4,000 kids with gifts through its Angel Tree program. This year, with many families struggling to make ends meet due to the pandemic, the need will be even greater.
“The Angel Tree program helps fulfill a wish and a need to children who otherwise wouldn’t receive anything on Christmas,” said Major Charlotte Gargis, area commander for The Salvation Army in Lee, Hendry, and Glades. “When individuals and businesses choose an angel to adopt, they’re helping us deliver the message of Christmas to those in need. This year has been a challenge and we have seen our requests for help skyrocket. Our fear is being unable to fulfill all those requests.”
To learn more about how you or your organization can be an Angel Tree host, call (239) 278-1551.