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Angel Tree Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Giving to Angel Tree

Typically we have the greatest need for teenage gifts. Please see our “Angel Teen” campaign for more information about how to help teenagers have a happy Christmas too! Infants are another age group that are typically in great need around the holidays.

Typically we coordinate a toy shop, where parents or guardians can select gifts for their child from a selection of age appropriate toys. However, some counties do offer the opportunity to adopt a family. Please contact your county’s local Angel Tree contact to see if this opportunity is available where you live.

Yes! Donations can be used to support our Angel Tree campaign. You can donate here to The Salvation Army online.
You can also mail your donation to your local Salvation Army, and indicate “Angel Tree” on your check memo line. 

When you give to Angel Tree, the gift that you give will stay within your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center’s service area (typically divided by county). So, if you donate a toy to a site in Kent County, the gift will be given to a child in need in Kent County. If you donate to a site in Muskegon, then the gift will be given to a child in Muskegon, and so on.

No. You may return your Angel Tree gift to any of our participating Angel Tree sites.


FAQ: Hosting an Angel Tree

Yes, simply let your local Angel Tree contact know that you would like to be an Angel Tree site, but that you do not want to be listed on the website as a drop off location.

Our Angel Tree campaign corresponds with WOOD TV8’s primary viewing area. However, your local Salvation Army probably runs its own program that you can participate in.  If you live in Michigan, find your local Salvation Army here

It is completely free to host an Angel Tree at your location. The only resources you will need to provide is your own tree to display the Angel Tree tags, as well as transportation for dropping off the gifts that you receive at our designated Angel Tree drop-off locations.

Yes. In order to keep our costs low and allow us to serve more children, we ask each Angel Tree Site to provide their own Christmas Tree. Please do not worry if you do not have a tree to put up. We simply ask you to be creative in finding a way to display the tags and collect toys! In the past, Angel Tree Sites have created paper Christmas Trees, displayed tags on bulletin boards, and collected toys in boxes wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper. Let your imagination take over!

Every year we order extra tags, because we know that not every tag will be adopted. So, if you have extra tags on your tree at the end of the drive, it doesn’t mean that a child will go without a gift. 

Please contact your local Angel Tree contact to request more tags. In the meantime, you can still collect gifts for Angel Tree without tags. Once your new tags arrive, you can match up the gifts with the tags you receive.


Misc. Angel Tree FAQs

The Salvation Army is made up of many Corps Community Centers, that each focus on serving the needs of a community. For the Angel Tree Toy Drive, 10 different Salvation Army Corps Community Centers partner together with WOOD TV to serve the needs of the children in West Michigan. Therefore, the Angel Tree program is run by a different Salvation Army Corps Community Center in each county. Every community has different needs, and your local Salvation Army works within your community to determine the best way possible to meet that community’s needs.

Click here to find out more information about how to sign up to receive Christmas assistance.

Last year our Angel Tree served over 20,000 children across West Michigan. Our goal is to serve 25,000 children this year.

Angel Tree gifts are given to children, infants through 16 years old, whose families are in need of extra assistance around the Holidays. Each county has their own sign up process and qualification guidelines. 

Toy distribution varies by county, depending on the needs of the local community and other participating community partners. In  Kent County, The Salvation Army holds a Christmas distribution where volunteers assist the parents/ guardians in selecting their children’s toys, and food vouchers are also presented to ensure each family can have a nice holiday dinner.

Call your local Angel Tree contact for more details.

Click here to find out the Angel Tree contact for your area.

The Salvation Army provides a variety of social services, emergency assistance, food pantry, rent and utility assistance, detoxification and rehabilitation services, youth and music programs, senior programs, camp, emergency disaster services, and so much more! Find out more information at www.SAWMNI.org.