Post # 1
Hey guys, Almost every year since I was a freshman in college I have “adopted an angel” through the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. For those of you who are unfamiliar, kids who are from poorer families can make holiday wishes for things they need (i.e. a coat, shoes, etc) and something they want (i.e. a doll, a skateboard). People like you and me can select a child and fulfill their wishes. The gifts are sent to their families so that the kids have gifts to open on Christmas morning.
I was excited to see that this year JC Penny has gotten involved and created a place you can go online to find children in need in your area: http://angel.jcpenney.com/
If you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season I strongly encourage you to check this out! It’s a great way to make a difference in the lives of some kids!
Post # 3
My Fi and I want to do this. Where do we get the angel from the tree? Do we have to contact our local Salvation Army?
Post # 4
I love this program!!! Thank you for posting!
Post # 5
Thanks for this! We were looking to “adopt” a child directly this year instead of going through Toys for Tots. I would love to help a child in our neighborhood.
Post # 6
@stephin: you can contact your local salvation army or even a school in your area. local churches sometimes have adopt a family where if a mom or dad is laid off the kids can still have a great christmas… we are donating m’s coat that is too small but still decent enough to wear and perhaps a few other things.. wal-mart has these toy drives and big bins that you can throw toys in it.
Post # 7
This is a wonderful idea, thanks for posting it!
Post # 8
Wow, I never knew they did this, thanks for posting!
Post # 9
Many local churches and shops will have these angel trees where you can select a name. Alternatively check out the link I posted in the original message which takes you to an online database you use. Simply put in your zipcode and it will show you children in your area who are participating.
On a side note, be sure to read the FAQs if you participate. They tell you important things like NOT to wrap the gifts and where to drop them off.
Post # 10
Just signed up! Fiance and me will be shopping for a 6-year old boy this Christmas :o) Luckily, I already put everything on my Black Friday shopping list!
Post # 12
I’d love to do this! Our local food co-op adopts a local family in need (must live in the neighborhood around the store) every Christmas. They collect food and gift donations and throw that family a dream christmas with a full dinner and lots of presents (both practical and fun). Last year I donated money to the fund and then smiled looking at the pictures and the thank you card from the family.
Post # 14
From experience, I will also say that for those who contribute to things like Toys for Tots or other Toy drives in your area I know first hand that those gifts are greatly appreciated. I am a former Children’s Services Social Worker who has passed on those donated gifts to children in foster care and others ‘in the system’ who would otherwise have nothing to open on Christmas morning. It is truly a wonderful thing.
Post # 15
Yippee! I am going shopping for the child that I chose from the program that missrain recommended and that the Salvation Army is supporting. I am going to try and not go overboard. The little girl I selected needs clothes and wants a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal. I love buying girls clothes, probably because I don’t have a child myself.