Support the Angel Tree

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    Volunteers Needed

    The Salvation Army will kick off our Christmas programs on November 21 at 10:00 AM at Park Plaza Mall. First Lady Ginger Beebe will read a story to children gathered around the Angel Tree and the “First Ladies of the Media” will ring bells at our kettles.

    We need volunteers to staff our Angel Trees at Park Plaza and McCain Mall during mall hours from November 21 until December 14. Volunteers will be responsible for helping donors adopt angels from the tree and receiving gifts as they are returned and keeping the gifts organized until a Salvation Army staff person can take them to the distribution Center.

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    The Salvation Army provides Christmas gifts to 1,200 families in central Arkansas each year through the Angel Tree program. This program is a massive undertaking that takes hundreds of volunteers and donors each year. We need volunteers to serve in the following capacities:

    1. Application process: We take applications from needy families for Christmas assistance for two weeks in October each year. We need volunteers to assist each head-of-household through the application process. This includes examining their documents to be sure they have everything required to begin the application process, filling out the application so that it is neat and legible, and gathering the information from the parent / guardian for each child’s wish list.
    2. Angel Tree Booths: The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas has two manned Angel Tree booths: McCain Mall and Park Plaza Mall. We need volunteers to sit at our Angel Tree booths during mall hours and help donors adopt angels off the trees. These volunteers will answer general questions about the Angel Tree and keep gifts organized as they are being returned.
    3. Distribution Center: We need teams of volunteers everyday during the holiday season to help unload gifts off the trucks and organize the gifts into each family’s box.
    4. Fill the Truck Toy Drive: This partnership with Wal-Mart helps us collect additional toys to fulfill wishes for children who do not get adopted from the Angel Tree. We need volunteers to adopt Wal-Mart locations and hand out shopping lists to encourage shoppers to “fill the truck” with toys and coats for needy children. The shopping lists includes gifts suggestions within various price ranges.

    If you or your organization would like to assist with any of these activities during the holiday season, please contact kathy_barbeire@uss.salvationarmy.org.