Thank you for your interest in Angel Tree
Each year, the Angel Tree program provides gifts for more than 1,000 Manatee County children whose parents struggle to buy Christmas presents. This program would not be successful without the generosity of those who host the trees and those who select a child’s name and purchase presents.
How it works
Angel Trees are displayed throughout the community at our partner host sites beginning in late October. Friends and patrons of the host sites pull an Angel tag from the tree that identifies a specific child and their wishes for Christmas. Once gifts are purchased, they are returned to the tree to be picked up by The Salvation Army in late November. Families of the Angels receive the items the week before Christmas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I host an Angel Tree at my business/club/church/office?
Yes, to get started, contact our Angel Tree Coordinator Maribel Garcia at Maribel.Garcia@uss.salvationarmy.org or call 941-748-5110, extension 115.
What is involved with hosting a tree?
The Salvation Army delivers the tree and Angel tags to your location. Once your tree arrives, inform your friends, patrons, club members or employees that they may select an Angel. The Salvation Army collects all of the trees and presents after Thanksgiving.
How many Angel tags will be on my Angel Tree?
You may chose this based on the number of Angel wishes you believe your team can support.
What should donors purchase for their Angel?
Each Angel tag includes a short wish list to use as a guide. However, the buyer decides what to purchase. We request new, unused items.
Is there anything that donors should avoid?
Yes, we prefer non-violent gifts – no weapons. We also ask donors to refrain from purchasing bikes and gift cards.
Should donated gifts be wrapped?
No. While we are very grateful for all of the gifts donated, we also respect that many parents enjoy wrapping gifts for their children.
How much money should I spend?
We request that gifts should not exceed $50. This is important because if different people adopt siblings, there is equality among gifts.
What is a Forgotten Angel?
With so many families facing economic challenges, more and more families register their children. Despite our best efforts and the generosity of our community supporters, we average 400 Angels who do not get selected from an Angel Tree. Gifts donated for a Forgotten Angel stock our toy shop and fill the wishes of these children.
How can I support the Forgotten Angels?
Instead of hosting an Angel Tree, your group can collect gifts for the Forgotten Angels Toy Shop. Gifts may include toddler toys to older child games. We need for both genders and in different age ranges.
Important Angel Tree Dates
October 23 – Angel Trees go on display
November 27 – All gifts should be returned to the tree with tags
November 28 – We begin collecting trees and gifts from host locations