The WBRC Fox 6 Gifts for Kids Salvation Army Angel Tree
The WBRC Fox 6 Gifts for Kids Birmingham Salvation Army Angel Tree program was established in 2007 and provides Christmas gifts to children and families in Central Alabama. Each year, thousands of children will have their Christmas wishlists come true, thanks to the generosity of individual, corporate, and business donors in our community.
For more information, please call 205-328-2420
The History of WBRC Fox 6 News Gifts for Kids
In 1998, WBRC teamed up with the Department of Human Resources to help collect toys for foster children in Jefferson County. Since then, the WBRC FOX6 News Gifts for Kids program has expanded to include several counties in and around Birmingham., providing toys to tens of thousands of foster children in the Birmingham metro area.
The History of The Salvation Army Angel Tree
Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army's highest-profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.
The program got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards that featured pictures of angels. They placed the cards on a Christmas tree at the mall to allow shoppers to select children to help. Thanks to the Whites, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.
Three years later, when the Whites were transferred to Nashville, Tennessee, Angel Tree was launched in the Music City. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ol' Opry, came on board that year as the first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the U.S.
Because of the on-air promotion on WSM in Nashville, as well as national publicity on CNN and the Larry King Show, news of Angel Tree spread across the country like wildfire.
In 1998, WBRC teamed up with the Department of Human Resources to help collect toys for foster children in Jefferson County. In 2007, WBRC partnered with The Salvation Army and the WBRC FOX 6 Gifts For Kids Salvation Army Angel Tree program was created. The program includes Angel Trees in local shopping malls and on-site at area corporations, churches, and organizations. The local communities have fully supported the Angel Tree program, making it possible to help thousands of children each year.
2023 ANGEL TREE REGISTRATION DATES
BIRMINGHAM AREA COMMAND - OCTOBER 2 - 13, 2023
ALABASTER - OCTOBER 2 - 6 AND OCTOBER 9 - 13, 2023
(2023 CHRISTMAS AT REFERRAL INFORMATION ATTACHED ABOVE)
Please attend registration at your scheduled appointment time. For more information, please contact Darlene Ray at 205-328-4015.
WAYS 2 HELP ANGEL TREE
2023 ANGEL TREE
WBRC Fox 6 Gifts for Kids Salvation Army Angel Tree
WBRC Fox 6 News is proud to once again partner with the Salvation Army for our annual “Gifts for Kids Angel Tree” program.
The “Gifts for Kids Angel Tree” program is a way for people to donate Christmas gifts to foster children and children in need during the holiday season. You can purchase gifts or make a financial donation to The Salvation Army Greater Birmingham Area Command. Your donation will be used to buy clothing, toys, and gifts for children participating in the Angel Tree program.
How to Help
There are several ways you can help:
In-person: Adopt an Angel from the Angel Tree at The Outlet Shops of Grand River or The Riverchase Galleria November 9 through December 5, 2023.
Online: Adopt Angels online by going to TSamm.org/AngelTree. Online adoptions will begin November 9.
Forgotten Angels: Drop-off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at any participating area Chick-fil-A location, November 24 – December 12, 2023.
Walmart Registry: Shop Walmart.com/RegistryForGood to purchase gifts online for Angels. Look for ‘Birmingham Salvation Army Angel Tree Registry,” and purchase the “Wish List” gifts for a child for Christmas. Purchases are shipped to The Birmingham Area Command and given to a child in need for Christmas.
Give Financially: Bring Christmas wishes to life, by supporting a child or family for the holidays. Make a financial donation at BirminghamSalvationArmy.org and click the “Ways to Give” tab.
Serve With Us: Volunteers are the Army behind The Army, and are an important part of #DoingTheMostGood this holiday season. If you or your organization would like to volunteer with us, please go to BirminghamSalvationArmy.org and click “VOLUNTEER” on the home page. You may also contact Rikki Williams, Volunteer Coordinator, at 205-328-0743 or Rikki.Williams@uss.SalvationArmy.org.