The Salvation Army in Tyler began taking applications for their ‘Angel Tree’ program this week. It’s purpose is to help those in need during Christmas time, who can’t afford items including clothes and toys.
“We probably had about a hundred and fifty lined up this morning, we did the first one hundred and if they couldn’t get in we’re still doing it for two more weeks,” Ministry Leader Philip Adams said.
Organizers start early due to the high number of applicants and the selection process is based on income.
“We use the same guidelines that schools use for like free meals and stuff like that, so if they qualify for a reduced meal, then they qualify for the angel tree program,” Adams said.
The Salvation Army will host their 6th Annual ‘Tees for Toy’ Golf Tournament in September, which helps with angel tree.
“Players are asked to bring an unwrapped toy a value of ten dollars or higher and than will go toward angels that do not get adopted by the community this year,” Public Relations Coordinator Lindsey Galabeas said.
Donations are always accepted and staff believe the community’s support help make the program a success.
“We are very grateful for the community, we always a success Christmas tree,” Adams said.
“Some people really they will say to us they would not know what they would do without this assistance,” Galabeas said.
For more information about The Salvation Army and how to sign up for the golf tournament click here.