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Smiles Make the Greatest Gifts

Providing physical needs such as grocery, utility and gift assistance,
to emotional experiences including holiday events and traditions.

Making Christmas dreams come true for 400 kids

The Salvation Army provided Christmas dreams for 400 children last year during our Angel Tree ministry.

I didn't know how I was going to do it

The holidays are hard, we had just gotten laid off work and we didn't know how we were going to make Christmas happen for our three kids. Someone told us to sign up with The Salvation Army Angel Tree and it has been amazing! They gave us clothing, toys, food, everything. I could hardly contain my emotions. They saved our families Christmas.

Angel Tree Helps brighten the holidays



November 8th 3-8pm
November 9th 10 - 3 pm


Continuing this year we are doing our toy shop distribution. This means that families will come in on the day of distribution and "shop" for the gifts themselves. This empowering means of distribution allows families to truly shop for what their child needs that day. The day of distribution families will come in at their appointed time and choose from gender and age-appropriate gifts and clothes for their children. We are excited to be changing up how angle tree was done in the past because we have seen how impactful this is in the lives of families!

Never fear though you will still see trees in store and tags on those trees. The change comes from the intent of your purchases. in years past you bought for a specific child now, you are buying generally. We are very excited to empower the community, families, and agencies! Should you want more information about Angel Tree and how you can be a part of the magic, please contact us! 

Discover the Gift of Christmas!
Our Angel Tree Program this year will provide 400 Jefferson County children and their families Christmas JOY,
but we can't do it alone, we need your help.

Find our Angel Tree Tags around town at the locations listed below and simple shop for the items listed, deliver your unwrapped gifts to The Salvation Army of Madison, IN (331 E. Main St,) which will bring many smiles on Christmas morning.

Angel Tree Locations:

The Salvation Army - Madison Indiana
JC Penney
Anytime Fitness
Shoe Sensation
Friendship State Bank
Centra Credit Union
First Christian Church
First Baptist Church
Madison Presbyterian Church
Faith Lutheran Church

Angel Tree Distribution-


Thursday, December 30th


The Salvation Army 331 E Main St Madison IN 47250

WHAT TO BRING: All items  below must be presented during distribution:

Photo ID

Appointment card that you received during sign up


Along with the familiar Red Kettles (Bell Ringers), the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army?s most familiar Christmas efforts. It was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Lt. Colonels Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time. The program received its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards that featured pictures of angels. They placed the cards on a Christmas tree at the mall to allow shoppers to select children to help. Thanks to Lt. Colonels White, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year. The Angel Tree program continues to play a vital role in helping The Salvation Army make the holidays merrier for thousands of children in need. Anyone can participate.

Red Kettle Campaign

Volunteer to ring bells for The Salvation Army and support our red kettle campaign. You can sign up at


Christmas Campaign 

The Salvation Army army needs your help raising $120,000 this year. If each member of the county gave $3.42 we would make our goal. Will you do your part? Donate today!

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