FAQ

FAQ about Giving to Angel Tree


FAQ about Hosting an Angel Tree


Misc. FAQ’s about Angel Tree


FAQ about Giving to Angel Tree

  • What are some good ideas of toys for each age group? [Back To Top]

See this Holiday Gift Guide for gift suggestions for each age group.

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. Find your local Salvation Army address here. (Please be sure to select your nearest Corps location, and not a thrift store location).

Yes! You are able to donate monetary gifts online, that will be used toward the Angel Tree program. Simply click here. We also encourage sharing this link with others, so that they can donate with the click of a button!

  • Does my Angel Tree gift serve a child in my local community? [Back To Top]

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.

  • Do I have to return my Angel Tree gift to the same Angel Tree site where I got the tag? [Back To Top]

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


FAQ about Hosting an Angel Tree

  • I would like to collect toys, but our organization is not open to the public. Can I still sign up to be an Angel Tree site? [Back To Top]

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.

  • Why isn’t Angel Tree available in my county? Can I still participate? [Back To Top]

Our Angel Tree campaign corresponds with WOOD TV8’s primary viewing area. However, your local Salvation Army probably runs its own Angel Tree program that you can participate in. Please call Lisa Funk at 616-459-3433 x1185 or email [email protected] for more details about how to connect with your local Salvation Army Corps for a toy drive.

  • Does it cost any money to host an Angel Tree at my site?[Back To Top]

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.

  • Do Angel Tree Sites have to provide their own tree? [Back To Top]

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!

This year we are allowing our Angel Tree Sites to select how many tags they would like to receive. In previous years we have typically sent out around 40 tags to each Angel Tree Site. So, if you are unsure of how many tags you will need, 40 is probably a good starting point. If you are a very high traffic location, or have a large number of employees, you probably want to request 100 tags or more.

  • What happens if I have extra Angel Tree tags at the end of the toy drive? [Back To Top]

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. We just ask you to deliver your remaining Angel Tree tags along with your gifts at your last toy drop off.

  • What happens if I run out of Angel Tree tags?

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. FAQ’s about Angel Tree

  • Why is Angel Tree slightly different in each participating county? [Back To Top]

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.

When you give to Angel Tree, the gift that you give will stay in your local community. 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.

  • How can I sign up to receive assistance for my children? [Back To Top]

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

Toys are distributed to remaining families identified by The Salvation Army before Christmas. Any extra toys that are not given away are held over for Christmas 2015. The toys may also be used by our Emergency Disaster Services to give to families who experience an emergency, such as a fire, where replacement toys are needed.

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

  • Who receives the Angel Tree gifts, and how do they sign up? [Back To Top]

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. Please click here to find out how to sign up for assistance in your local area.

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 social workers meet with the parents or guardians, 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.

  • How do I sign up to volunteer for the toy distribution to families? [Back To Top]

Call your local Angel Tree contact for more details.

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

  • What other programs and services does The Salvation Army provide? [Back To Top]

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.