The Angel Tree Program, along with The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign, is one of The Salvation Army’s best-known Christmas efforts. More than 100,000 children across Texas will experience the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning thanks to generous donors and the help of The Salvation Army.

“The Angel Tree program provides toys and clothing to children, seniors, and families who might be struggling to afford Christmas gifts this year. With all that 2020 has brought, more families than ever are in need of a little extra support and assistance,” said Captain Phillips of The Salvation Army. “Angels are available for adoption by community members and businesses, who in a small way will deliver the magic and message of Christmas to those in need.”

The Salvation Army Angel Trees are located at Southside Bank 2510 W. Frank St., Southside 541 S. Timberland Dr., Walmart 2500 Daniel McCall Dr., The Lufkin Mall 4600 S. Medford Dr., Olive Garden 3801 Medford Dr., Old Navy 4505 S. Medford Dr., CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial 1201 W. Frank, Hobby Lobby 2215 S. First St., Belk 2215 S. First St. The trees are decorated with paper angels, each representing a child or senior who – without this program – may not receive a gift at Christmas. “We are grateful for the generous support of our community and local businesses that work alongside The Salvation Army to provide a joyous Christmas to those in need,” said Captain Phillips.

Angels will be available for adoption throughout the months of November and December. Last year, 250 angels were available for adoption in Lufkin, and this year we expect to have 600 children and seniors enrolled in the program. Gift distribution will take place at Pitser Civic Center, from 12/16/2020.

“A brand-new way to support The Salvation Army Angel Tree this year is through Walmart Registry for Good,” said Captain Phillips. “Walmart has partnered with The Salvation Army to make it possible for donors to purchase needed items online that will be delivered directly to The Salvation Army. You can search for The Salvation Army Lufkin at www.walmartangeltree.com and order items today that will benefit local families.”

Volunteers are needed throughout November and December to help manage Angel Tree locations and work to sort and distribute items received.

For more information about adopting an Angel, or current volunteer opportunities please call The Salvation Army at (936) 634-5132 or visit us at 412 S. 3rd St., Lufkin, TX 75901. Check out other ways you can give or get involved at www.salvationarmytexas.org/Lufkin/.