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. Sign up for assistance October 10-22 and your Angels’ gifts will be ready to pick up on December 16. Angel adoption is November 14-19 at Castleton Square and Greenwood Park malls.
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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 2,200 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:

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 or click the button below to sign up now. Angel Tree vol button

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. Thanks to this amazing support, all 2016 Angels have already been adopted. If you are interested in adopting Angels next Christmas, check back in October and make your Angel tag requests before the rush!

Where can I go to adopt an Angel?
Angel Trees were on display in Castleton Square Mall, on the north side of Indianapolis, and Greenwood Park Mall, on the south side, from Monday, November 14 through Saturday, November 19. Shoppers were able to choose an Angel from a tree from 11 AM to 7 PM each day. They were given special Angel Tree bags to be filled with gifts for their Angel. Each Angel tag included a child’s age, clothing and shoe sizes, “wants” (like toys or games) and “needs” (like jeans or boots). Once filled, the bags could be brought back to the Angel Trees, which were set up just outside the Macy’s mall entrance at both locations. Any bags not returned to the mall by 7 PM on Saturday can still be dropped off at The Salvation Army’s Indiana Headquarters at 3100 N. Meridian St or at either The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Corps Community Center or The Salvation Army Fountain Square Corps Community Center no later than Wednesday, December 7.

Angel Tree Assistance Q&A

IMG_4630 (web)Is my family eligible for assistance?

We are currently not registering additional families for Angel Tree, but registration will re-open for next Christmas in October 2017. 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 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?

Angel Tree applications are Monday, October 10, 2016 through Saturday, October 22, 2016. There are two Indianapolis locations where applicants can sign up: The Salvation Army Fountain Square Corps Community Center at 1337 S. Shelby Street and The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Corps Community Center at 4400 N. High School Road.

Applications will be taken at both locations on the following days and times:

Monday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday (10/22 only) 9:00am – NOON
Sunday n/a

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 Captain Chrissy Cooper at with any questions you have about Angel Tree.