The Loudoun County Salvation Army’s 2017 Angel Tree program provides new clothing and toys for children of needy families. At the close of registration on October 13, volunteers had registered 1,800+ children in over 400 Loudoun County families at our offices on Cardinal Park Drive. By the end of the Christmas season, there will have been more than 50 volunteers donating hundreds of hours to their Loudoun County neighbors through Angel Tree.
Each Angel Tree is decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age, and gender of a child who is in need of a gift. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags. Each Angel is a resident of Loudoun County and The Salvation Army of Loudoun County carefully prescreens each family for need.
HOW IT WORKS
Companies, businesses, schools, and other groups agree to have an Angel Tree to benefit The Salvation Army;
Each group provides a contact person, who organizes and supervises the project;
Each location (business, school, etc.) provides a Christmas tree in which to hang the Angel Tree tags. The tags provide information as to gender, wish, and age (note: trees are optional);
The group determines how many “angels” they feel they can sponsor and informs The Salvation Army Corps Officer, who will supply the requested numbers of tags;
Tags are taken and gifts are donated unwrapped with each Angel Tag attached to the gift (Please also collect unused and unselected Angel Tags for return to The Salvation Army);
A suggested value for each Angel is $100-150.
Each year, sponsors, ranging from neighborhood associations to private companies, volunteer to place Angel Trees in secure, high-pedestrian traffic areas within their community, organization or office. Many sponsors provide a tree as an added donation, along with promotional materials to inform their community, members or staff of the program, along with confidential information about the children who will benefit from their generosity. The sponsoring organization also serves as a collection place for the gifts and provides secure storage until a volunteer from The Salvation Army can collect the gifts for distribution.