FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Together, the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities help hundreds of families in our community each year to provide gifts for thousands of children on Christmas morning through the Angel Tree Christmas assistance program.
Local families in need can register their children for Angel Tree on Thursday, October 7, the main registration day for families seeking assistance. Other registration dates take place throughout the month in communities throughout Okaloosa County. See flyer here.
The program is designed for children up to age 12.
Registration times on Oct. 7 are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 425 Mary Esther Cutoff, Fort Walton Beach.
According to the Salvation Army, registration is available online through its Facebook Page here.
This is on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. Once the organizations reach a certain number of children registration will be closed.
After registration, angels (a child) can be adopted by community members and donors who then provide Christmas gifts and clothing for the child.
The Salvation Army is seeking corporations that would like to host an Angel Tree at their workplace.
“It’s a fun way for employees to give back to their community, especially during the Christmas season,” said Abby Milner, a lieutenant with the Salvation Army of Okaloosa & Walton Counties.
Please call 850 243 4531 ext. 14 for more information or to sign up for corporate Angel Tree.
The Angel Tree program is one of the most effective resources that provides gifts of new toys, and clothing to thousands of children and families who otherwise might not have anything for Christmas.
Other presents may be books, games, school supplies or educational material.
The service depends on donations, so it is an opportunity for people throughout their local community to help families and children in need during the holidays and it is also a resource for children from lower-income families to get the presents they deserve at Christmas.