EL PASO, Texas - While most people are familiar with seeing the Salvation Army Red Kettles outside stores during the holiday season, there is another Salvation Army program that helps people in need. It's called Angel Tree. Program coordinator Joanna Estrada appeared on ABC-7 at Four Tuesday.
“The Angel Tree program provides toys and clothing to children, seniors, and families who might be struggling to afford Christmas gifts this year, " said Estrada. “Angels are available for adoption by community members and businesses, who in a small way will deliver the magic and message of Christmas to those in need.”
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 senior who – without this program – may not receive a gift at Christmas.
Angels will be available for adoption throughout the months of 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 we expect to have 1,325 children enrolled in the program.
“Last year, there was a brand-new way to support The Salvation Army Angel Tree through Walmart Registry for Good,” said Estrada. “Walmart has partnered with The Salvation Army to make it possible for donors to purchase needed items online that will be delivered directly to The Salvation Army. You can search for The Salvation Army El Paso at www.walmartangeltree.com and order items today that will benefit local families.”