11800 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA
Last year, I am proud to say the group helped over 10 children wake up to presents under their Christmas tree that they wouldn't have had otherwise. Let's do it again this year, but with even MORE participation.
The Angel Tree is a unique program that started in Virginia in 1979. The program provides gifts of new clothing and toys to thousands of children who otherwise might not have anything for Christmas.
Children who are recipients of Angel Tree gifts are from families who have applied for Christmas assistance through the Social Services program of The Salvation Army. During the application process, the clothing sizes and special needs of the children are determined and written on the application and is then transferred to paper “angels” along with the child’s first name, age and sex.
Ready to play Santa? Here's the itinerary!
1) At 7:00p we will meet at Short Pump Mall by the large Christmas tree. Then head to the Angel tree to pick our “angel” off of the tree. Each angel will have a list of "Needs" such as coat, gloves, etc. and "Wants" such as toys, games, and books. Be sure to pick a child that you can afford to take care of. Some children have more expensive items on their want list and if you are unable to get everything for that child feel free to double up with someone or pick another child who has less expensive items.
2) After we all pick our angel from the tree, we can head down to Baker's Crust for a delicious and warm dinner together to celebrate.
3) After dinner, is the fun part. We get to play SANTA! Let's meet at the Wal-Mart in Short Pump (11400 W Broad St) to do some SHOPPING for the kiddies!
**Please note that for security reasons, these gifts can not be wrapped. The Salvation Army will supply us with red mesh bags (in true Santa fashion haha) and you will keep all unwrapped presents in this bag when you go to return them. Please return gifts by 12/7 as that is the last day the tree will be there.
Huge thank you to some of the members last year, Leslie and Jimmy, for making kids wishes come true for the holidays, truly magical! Someone got a brand new BIKE!