FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) In 1979, Major Charles with a Salvation Army in Virginia started a program to provide children with clothing for Christmas. This year, the Angel Tree Program is hoping to provide at least one new outfit to 2,000 children in Fort Wayne.
Last year, the community helped 1,300 children with the Angel Tree Program, which is part of the Salvation Army’s normal social service assistance programs. The Salvation Army interviewed families in mid- October and filled out Angel tags that were then spread throughout the city at various business locations.
Socials Director with the Salvation Army, Timothy Smith and volunteer Taylor Zalenski joined NewsChannel 15 to talk about how this program makes a difference in the lives of parents as well as children during the holiday season.
Each tag has clothing sizes and items for each boy or girl. Officials suggest a spending limit of $30 per child. The deadline to drop off items at the Salvation Army is on December 12. Anyone who would like to be a part of the program can visit several places in the city including Macy’s and several Walmarts to pick up an Angle Tree tag. For a full list of locations, visit the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program page.