Angel Tree 2016: How you can adopt a child for the holidays

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Thousands of central Indiana children need more than just toys this holiday season. That's why CBS4 is once again teaming up with The Salvation Army for its Angel Tree program.

From Nov. 14-19, Angel Trees will be on display in Castleton Square Mall, on the north side of Indianapolis, and at Greenwood Park Mall, on the south side. At each location, shoppers can select an Angel Tree tag and receive a special Angel Tree bag to be filled with gifts for their Angel. Each Angel tag includes a child’s age, clothing and shoe sizes, “wants” (like toys or games) and “needs” (like jeans or boots). Once filled, the bags can be brought back to the Angel Trees.

Program History

Every Christmas there are children lacking life’s vital needs because their families are struggling financially and cannot afford the expense. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program has been running for 30 years to ensure that these children have a wonderful holiday season with their families.

The Salvation Army Indiana Division has been providing Christmas assistance to the community for generations. The program has provided food assistance to nearly 800 families and Christmas gifts to more than 2,100 children every holiday season.

How is Angel Tree different from other holiday programs?

Angel Tree is different from other holiday assistance programs because a sponsor is able to feel a special connection with his/her “adopted” child. The sponsor receives the child’s first name and a personalized needs and wish list for the child. Other holiday assistance programs give sponsors minimum information such as “5-year-old boy” without any gift suggestions or host generic toy drives. The wish list given to the sponsor is thoughtfully prepared by the child’s parents so the sponsor knows that he/she is buying something the child both needs and will be excited to open on Christmas morning.

For more information on Angel Tree and the Salvation Army, click here.

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