Angel Trees provide means to help boys and girls this Christmas

Fort Wayne, Ind.  (WANE) – Tis the season to be generous.The Salvation Army Angel Tree program is one that brings hope to children whose families are struggling in Allen County.  Families who registered for assistance in October provided the clothing needs and sizes of their children from newborn to age 14 in hopes that their children will receive a new coat and shoes or school uniform or outfit.

The program is simple.  Chose an Angel Tree Tag from a tree on display in a participating store or visit the website to choose a virtual Angel tag.  Each tag represents a local boy or girl and indicates the items they need.  If you wish to help, choose a tag and go shopping.  Once you have the items for the child, you can return items and tag to a participating site, or drop off at The Salvation Army Community Center (2901 North Clinton Street).  Please drop off items by December 9 in order for the Salvation Army staff to prepare them for families before Christmas.  Items should not be wrapped, although you are welcome to include wrapping paper with your gift.  Monetary gifts are also accepted online.

2016 Participating Public Sites:

  • WANE-TV, 2915 West State Blvd. (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Chick-fil-A, 1725 Apple Glen Blvd.
  • Milan Center Feed and Grain Inc., 15402 Doty Road
  • Sears, Glenbrook Square
  • Culver’s, 6527 W. Jefferson, Fort Wayne
  • Applebee’s, 5414 Meijer Drive
  • Elevation 138, 7724 Lima Road
  • Preferred Auto, 5005 Illinois Road

Teens are not forgotten either.  The Salvation Army Card a Teen program matches donated gift cards to families with teens ages 15 to 17.  To learn more about matching a gift card to a teen, just call Captain Luis Acosta at 260-744-2311.

The familiar Red Kettles and Bell Ringers are also in season.  Donations fund programming to help those living in poverty in our community all year long.  If you wish to volunteer as a bell ringer, there are opportunities to sign up for two hour shifts throughout Allen County.  For more information, visit the local Salvation Army website.  Online donations to the Red Kettle fund can be made here.