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Angel Tree Christmas Assistance

What is Angel Tree?
Angel Tree is a unique holiday assistance program that connects a generous individual or group with a deserving child (or “Angel”) in need. Parents can sign up for assistance in the fall and pick up their Angels’ gifts in December. Angel adoption takes place during November and December.

Angel Tree logo (web)Program History
Every Christmas there are children lacking life’s vital needs because their families are struggling financially and cannot afford the expense. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program has been running for 30 years to ensure that these children have a wonderful holiday season with their families.

The Salvation Army Indiana Division has been providing Christmas assistance to our community for generations. In keeping with our mission to meet human needs in His name without discrimination, we provide food assistance to nearly 800 families and Christmas gifts to more than 4,000 children every holiday season.

In an effort to expand our ministries to provide both vital needs and a joyful Christmas to underprivileged children, we were proud to introduce Angel Tree to Central Indiana in 2015. Many children in our community return to school after the holidays in worn out uniforms, insufficient winter clothing, or needing school supplies replenished. Angel Tree is a traditional Salvation Army program designed to enable community members to personally provide these vital items to specific children in need.

To see photos from the 2015 Angel Tree program, click on the links below:

  • 2015 Toy and Clothing Collection at Lucas Oil Stadium
  • 2015 Angel Tree Set Up and Distribution
  • A child helps his mother choose an Angel for their family to adopt.

    A child helps his mother choose an Angel for their family to adopt.

    How is Angel Tree different from other holiday programs?
    Angel Tree is different from other holiday assistance programs because a sponsor is able to feel a special connection with his/her “adopted” child. The sponsor receives the child’s first name and a personalized needs and wish list for the child. Other holiday assistance programs give sponsors minimum information such as “5-year-old boy” without any gift suggestions or host generic toy drives. The wish list given to the sponsor is thoughtfully prepared by the child’s parents so the sponsor knows that he/she is buying something the child both needs and will be excited to open on Christmas morning.

    How can I become an Angel Tree volunteer?
    As you can imagine, it takes hundreds of volunteer hours to make Angel Tree happen. From helping shoppers adopt Angels at the mall to sorting bags and helping families on distribution day, volunteers are essential to a successful Angel Tree program. To learn more about how individuals, families, groups and businesses can help, visit our Volunteer Page.

    How can my company or organization adopt Angels?
    Much of the support for Angel Tree comes from local businesses and organizations that adopt multiple angels as a way to give back to people in their community. Whether you want to adopt five Angels or 50, this support makes Angel Tree possible.

    Angel Tree Assistance Q&A



    IMG_4630 (web)Is my family eligible for assistance?
    Angel Tree is designed to help families whose income falls below the 2016 United States Poverty Guidelines. The qualified income level is dependent upon the number of persons in your household, so visit aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines to determine whether your family qualifies. If you are already planning to apply for Christmas assistance from another agency or organization, please do not apply for Angel Tree, too. Our goal is to ensure that as many central Indiana children as possible are able to have a special Christmas.

    Which of my children are eligible for Angel Tree?
    Children ages 0-12 who are residents of Marion County, Indiana, are eligible for assistance through the Angel Tree program.

    When and where can I apply for Angel Tree assistance?
    Check back later for 2016 application dates, times and locations.

    What items must I bring with me in order to apply for Angel Tree assistance?
    All applicants must bring the following with them on the day they apply. Applications cannot be processed without these items.

    • Valid form of photo ID for applicant (examples: U.S. Driver’s License, U.S. Passport, Indiana State ID, School ID, Green Card, etc.)
    • Proof of residence (examples: utility bill, bank statement, etc.); must be within the last month before registering.
    • Proof of ALL income, earned and unearned (includes: check stubs, unemployment, SSI, pensions, veteran benefits, disability, SNAP, child support, TANF/AFDC, WIC, etc.); documents MUST have a dollar amount on them, as we cannot accept a SNAP card or appointment letter; SNAP cannot be your only form of income.
    • Proof of rent, mortgage, or subsidized housing (receipt, lease, or letter from landlord)
    • Proof of ALL other expenses (includes: car loan, medical bills, credit cards, other loans, etc.)
    • All current utility statements (includes: electric, water, gas, cable, phone, etc.)
    • Birth Certificates for all children to be registered.
    • List of all clothing and shoe sizes for children to be registered.

    Christmas Photo_039 (web)I still have questions. Who can I can I contact?
    Contact Lisa Berryman at lisa_berryman@usc.salvationarmy.org with any questions you have about Angel Tree.