How much to spend on angel tree gift

Angel Tree Sponsor – The Salvation Army of Charlottesville VA

How You Can Get Involved:
– Participate individually or gather a group of employees from your company, a church, club or neighborhood group.
– Determine how many angels you want to help this year.
– Pick up an Angel Tree tag or tags at a location near you and shop for the items listed.
– Host an Angel Tree Location or a gift drive to collect new and unwrapped gifts for the Angel Tree program.


  • Please do not wrap any of the gifts (this is an important security measure)
  • Do not combine more than one angel in a bag
  • Place all donations for each child into a bag
  • Securely tape the Angel Tag with the child’s unique numeric code to the bag
  • If you purchase an item that is too large to fit into a bag, write the angel code on a piece of paper and tape to the item
  • Do not forget to remove the bottom portion of the Angel Tag for tax receipt purposes
  • Return Gifts to an Angel Tree location or The Salvation Army
  • If a large item is on a Tag, do not feel obligated to purchase the item — any gift will be appreciated
  • No candy

If you are an individual, family, or small group, we invite you to “adopt an angel. ” You choose how many angels you would like to “adopt,” and you can even select gender and age.  For each angel tag, the spending guideline is approximately $60-$75, which would include at least 1-2 toys/gifts and 1 clothing item. Here is an example of what each child receives during our Christmas assistance program

  1. 1 larger value toy/gift ($20-$30)
  2. 2 smaller value toys ($10-$15)
  3. An outfit or 2 clothing items
  4. Hat & gloves

If you represent a church group, a business or other large organization, we invite you to host an Angel Tree. This option is ideal for a group that wants to adopt a large number of angels, such as 50-100, as well as groups who are unsure as to how many tags they are able take. The “tree” is simply a suggestion of how to display the angel tags; you can display or distribute angel tags however you choose. The angel tags will include a variety of gender and age groups, from infants up to age 17. Everything else about the program is the same as the “adopt an angel” listed above.

All gifts will be placed in bags marked for specific families.  Parents will have an appointment on December 13th or 14th to pick up their toys and clothing for their children (we will include donated wrapping paper as availablity allows).

If you are interested in adopting an angel or hosting an angel tree this year, please print off the document below (Angel Request Form), and return to us via email, fax, or mail.  Thank you for caring and participating to make a child’s Christmas joyful.

  • To supplement the families’ Christmas gifts and make sure that no child goes without getting a Christmas present
  • To recognize and meet the needs of parents in need by providing resources and networking opportunities that will aid them throughout the coming year

WAHU STOCKINGS Our Angels aged 13-17 (who are part of an eligible Angel Tree family with a younger sibling age 12 or under) are adopted through WAHU Stockings, a program that started in 2004 through CBS19/Newsplex. Watch CBS 19 as we kick off the WAHU Stockings at Hollymead Town Center.

Adopt an Angel

Angel Tree matches donors with children from qualified families who are unable to provide gifts and clothing to their children during the holidays. For many donors, the personal connection to a child in the community has become a special tradition. For participating companies and groups, the sponsorship program is a wonderful opportunity for employees to give back to their community through a fun and heartwarming tradition. The Angel Tree program provides children from families in need with holiday gifts such as bicycles, clothing, special-needs gifts and other wished-for items such as toys. Help us bring the magic of Christmas to children!

History of the Angel Tree:
Along with the familiar Red Kettles (Bell Ringers), the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army’s most familiar Christmas efforts. It was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Lt. Colonels 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 received 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 Lt. Colonels White, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year. The Angel Tree program continues to play a vital role in helping The Salvation Army make the holidays merrier for thousands of children in need. Anyone can participate.

How Does the Angel Tree Program Work?

Who am I helping?
Families sign up for Christmas assistance at The Salvation Army. Angels range in age from infants to 12 years old. (Charlottesville remembers the teens aged 13-17 who are part of an Angel family with a younger sibling, thanks to Newsplex’s WAHU Stockings filled with teen-friendly goodies, and every family member of 130 families with children 0-12 thanks to The Madison House).  If a family is qualified, they will be given an appointment time to receive their gifts at a later date, which will be after all gifts are collected.

When and where will the actual Angel Trees be up and located?

*ACAC in Albemarle Square

*The Dairy Market

*Brooks YMCA


*Hand and Stone

*Walmart in Charlottesville and Ruckersville

*North Fork

How will I know what to buy?
Once you have chosen a location, pull an Angel Tag from that tree and proceed to purchase a gift for your Angel. Each Angel tag has basic information about a child, age gender, clothing size and a wish list whose family sought assistance. Individuals are physically able to take the tag, purchase an item or items for that particular child and return it to that location or to The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army distributes each gift to a family.

Do I need to purchase all of the items on the list?
No. Your Angel’s wish list is full of items they need and want this holiday season. The items you choose to purchase are at your discretion.

How much should I plan to spend on my Angel?
On average, donors have found that a donation of $50 – $75 in gifts has provided their Angel with many (if not all) of the items on their wish list.

Can I meet the family I am helping?
Unfortunately, no.  The families are very grateful for your generosity, but The Salvation Army maintains the confidentiality of all Angel Tree Program recipients.

Do I need to include a receipt with my gifts?
No, however, you may provide a gift receipt.

Where do I deliver the gifts?
Angel Tree Gifts may be delivered to:

The Salvation Army offices: 207 Ridge St, Charlottesville, VA 22902 – by December 10th
Distribution and Pick Up takes place on Saturday, December 18th and Monday, December 20th at Seminole Square – 331 Hillsdale, Charlottesville – the old Party Starts Here location or dropped off at The Salvation Army, 207 Ridge Street, Charlottesville, VA.

All gifts must be unwrapped.  All gifts and/or tags must be returned by December 11th.

When will the families receive their gift?
The Angel Tree Warehouse will open to recipients ONLY on December 13th and 14th at 207 Ridge Street. This is when families will pick-up their toys at their assigned appointment times.

WE DON’T DO THIS ALONE! Our Angels aged 13-17 are provided for through WAHU Stockings. Thank you Newsplex, UVa Community Credit Union, Hollymead Town Center

SILVER BELLS We now have THE TUESDAY F.U.N. GROUP (Fellowshippers United Now) Starting at 10:30 am with a program of interest to older adults. The program includes service projects, crafts, educational programs, and special trips. Seniors 55 and over are invited to lunch EVERY Tuesday between Noon and 12:30 pm (no application is required during Christmas sign up days).

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