Christmas Angel Tree: Here’s How To Give and Receive

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Photo: The Salvation Army North: https://www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyNorth

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It’s Closing Time

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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With the last sweep of the broom across the cold concrete floor, I stand and stare out across the 48,000+ sq feet of warehouse space. As I lean against the wooden handle, I can almost make out the chatter of voices from families waiting for their number to be called so they could register their children for the Angel Tree program. I can hear the swish of papers and the rhythmic tapping of pens as volunteers and staff complete the applications for each person.

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150 Volunteers: 658 Bikes for Children in Need!

Monday, December 5, 2011
A volunteer from the Oklahoma Bicycle Society helps to assemble a bike for a Salvation Army Angel. Photo Courtesy of http://newsok.com/gallery/articleid/3629100/pictures/1579381

As part of The Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree program, more than 150 volunteers in Oklahoma City assembled a record 658 bikes for local children in need!

The ‘Bucks for Bikes’ program, which began in 2006 with just 44 bikes, raised $26,000 to purchase the bikes directly from Huffy’s California plant. What a great community of volunteers!

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Angel Giving Tree Online: Be Someone’s Santa this Christmas!

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree Online campaign presented by jcpenney is in full swing! There are still thousands of angels waiting for you to adopt them this Christmas. What are you waiting for? Until December 13, you can ensure a very special Christmas morning to disadvantaged children, teens and seniors in need by adopting an angel online.

What’s even better this year: the newest online system allows you to specify your angel by zip code, city, state, age and gender. Click Here to be someone’s Santa!

On this Veterans Day, in honor of those who have and continue to serve, consider adopting a disadvantaged senior citizen this Christmas. There are many overlooked senior citizens who are either facing financial hardship or lack the family support system who would otherwise make Christmas special. We remember our Veterans in need – many of whom are struggling to provide for themselves – and we hope you’ll help provide joy and love for these deserving folks this Christmas.

jcpenney is creating even more incentive to join in this effort! Creating awareness of the importance of providing Christmas to the less fortunate, jcpenney is leveraging Black Friday weekend. Here are the details:

On Thanksgiving Day, jcpenney will donate $50 to The Salvation Army, up to $400,000 for every angel adopted online – giving customers another reason to take advantage of online Black Friday specials at www.jcp.com.

On Black Friday, jcpenney will donate $25 to The Salvation Army, up to $100,000, for every customer who uses Foursquare to check-in to a jcpenney store between 4 a.m. and 1 p.m. Don’t know what Foursquare is? Click Here to sign up!

For over 40 years, jcpenney has generously helped The Salvation Army serve others in need at Christmastime. With your help, we could reach our goal of raising an additional $500,000 to be given to others in need. How awesome is that?

To adopt your angel today, please visit www.jcp.com/angel. For more information on The Salvation Army, please visit our national site at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

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Angel Giving Tree Online Starts Today!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It’s officially on!

The Salvation Army and J.C. Penney Company have once again come together to launch the Angel Giving Tree Online Christmas gift drive!

You can provide Christmas gifts to a disadvantaged child or senior citizen this Christmas season by adopting an angel at www.jcp.com/angel. Once you’ve chosen your angel, you can begin purchasing gifts off of their wish lists. With record numbers of families in need this year, The Salvation Army hopes this year’s Angel Giving Tree will reach millions of children and seniors in need.

Make it a group effort! J.C. Penney has made it easier than ever to adopt. In their third year of supporting the cause, J.C. Penney’s latest angel site allows businesses, organizations and church groups to adopt multiple angels at one time – an effort to encourage adoptions as an annual holiday tradition among supporters.

To get started, visit www.jcp.com/angel. You can even choose your angel based on age, gender and your specific location.

A bonus: You have officially avoided the stress of malls and last minute shopping! But don’t wait too long – the deadline for buying presents for your adoptees is December 9.

With your generosity, you can ensure presents for some very special angels on Christmas morning. Does it get any better than that?

Click Here for our official press release.

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Paper Angels: A Novel by Jimmy Wayne

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Last year we blogged about country singer Jimmy Wayne’s hit single “Paper Angels” – a musical account of Jimmy’s turbulent childhood and his life-changing experience through The Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree program.

The acclaimed singer is back with a book by the same name. Paper Angels, out November 1, is a story based on his hit song about an unlikely boy showing a disillusioned businessman about the true meaning of Christmas.

Jimmy co-wrote this novella with fiction author Travis Thrasher. Penning this story was especially significant for Jimmy, a recipient of Christmas presents from The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program as a child. The story reminds us about how simple acts of kindness can forever change the lives of others – the same way Jimmy’s life was forever changed by the kindness of his own ‘Paper Angel’. You can order your copy of this heartwarming story by clicking here.

There are many children and seniors in need. You too can have a meaningful impact on someone’s life this Christmas. By adopting an angel through our Angel Giving Tree, you can change a life! Simply visit www.jcp.com/angel to get started. Many thanks for your support!

Check out the video below to learn more.

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Granting Wishes in Greenville

Monday, October 24, 2011

Robert Libby has been through more than your average 12-year old boy. Undergoing two separate open heart surgeries, he’s learned how to endure stress and pain at a very young age.

But nothing made his heart ache more than when his trumpet broke.

As a way to escape, Robert developed a passion for music which he describes as his “joy of the day”.

With no way to afford a replacement instrument for her son, Robert’s mother Peggy Kay reached out to The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, hoping to fulfill her son’s wish. Salvation Army volunteer Lisa Price of Greenville, SC contacted a seller on Craigslist and arranged the exchange. The seller, upon hearing of Robert’s predicament, decided to donate his beloved trumpet to the cause.

So touching! We are so thankful for all of our volunteers who continue to help us “Do the Most Good”!

Read the entire Fox News Story Here.

Want to help make a child’s dream a reality? Throughout the entire Christmas season, the generous supporters of The Salvation Army make Christmas a very special time for children in need through The Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree. Starting November 2, you can visit www.jcp.com/Angel to adopt your own Angel.

More info to come!

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Wished You Were Here

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

There was a lot of energy and excitement at the Rascal Flatts/JCPenney Angel Tree Toy Drive in Manhattan last week! Too many fans to count turned out with new toys for some lucky angels.

Rascal Flatts weaved in and out of the crowd to meet as many people as possible and sign copies of their new album. From the photos it looked like a scene from Where’s Waldo?

The evening’s climax came when toy drive partners JCPenney (represented by VP Rick Jones), Rascal Flatts, and The Salvation Army (represented by Major George Hood) took the stage to share what a positive impact the program would have on children and seniors in need. They thanked the audience for their generous support.

When Major Hood returned from NYC, I asked him about his thoughts on the event and our partners. His response was very encouraging.

“They’re so committed to these kids. It’s really refreshing to work with a retailer who wants to make sure kids are cared for,” he noted.

“This is a corporate partnership where the people involved really are focused on meeting the needs of children – making sure kids have Christmas presents is more important to JCPenney and Rascal Flatts than any recognition they’re going to get.”

Just how important, you ask? Each member of Rascal Flatts has already adopted an angel of their own.

So what are you waiting for? Adopt yours today.

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Nothing Like This

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Multi-platinum country music band Rascal Flatts’ latest album officially hits stores today. If you’re trying to decide where to buy your copy of ‘Nothing Like This,’ may we offer some information to help make it easier for you?

The CD is expected to sell at stores for around $10, but only at JCPenney will $1 of your album purchase be donated to The Salvation Army.

Plus, Rascal Flatts is joining the JCPenney in Manhattan to host a toy drive tomorrow, Nov. 17 at 7:30pm to benefit our Angel Giving Tree program. The first 100 people to donate new, unwrapped toys to the store will get an autographed Nothing Like This CD.

If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi to Major George Hood, our National Community Relations and Development Secretary, who will be in town for the event! Rascal Flatts will present him with a $100,000 donation to The Salvation Army. Learn more about JCPenney and Rascal Flatts’ generous support at jcp.com/rascalflatts.

We realize most people won’t be in NYC, so you can show your support by adopting an angel online at jcp.com/angel. More than 165,000 children and seniors in need are waiting to be adopted this holiday season.

Meanwhile, if you’re reading this and are thinking, “Who is Rascal Flatts?” you’ve probably heard their music without even realizing it. Their hit cover “Life is a Highway” appeared in Pixar’s animated movie Cars, and their song “What Hurts the Most” made it to the Top Ten of Billboard’s Hot 100.

They’re a talented band that’s committed to giving back, so we encourage you to check them out!

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A Paper Angel, A Country Star

Monday, November 8, 2010

Country music star Jimmy Wayne will be performing in Nashville tonight at the ‘A Gathering of Angels Benefit Concert’ to promote our Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree program.

As an advocate of Angel Tree, Jimmy’s doing more than just promoting a good cause. He knows from personal experience the incredible hope it provides to those in need.

Jimmy survived a turbulent childhood and bounced around from foster home to foster home with his sister before ending up on the streets. During those difficult years they were also adopted angels, receiving Christmas presents from kind, anonymous donors through the Angel Tree program. The gifts were a source of cheer amidst an otherwise dark time.

The experience was so important to him that it inspired his 2004 hit song “Paper Angels,” referring to the angel shaped tags which represent the Christmas wishes of children and seniors up for “adoption.”

I wonder, did Jimmy ever imagine that one day he would be on the other side serving as a voice for a program from which he once received support? I don’t know, but the generosity of others certainly resulted in a life-changing impact on the course of his life (while a homeless teenager, an elderly couple adopted him for real and set him on the course for college and a music career).

By adopting an angel this holiday season through our Angel Giving Tree online program, you too can have a significant, positive effect on the life of a child or senior in need – we have more than 140,000 signed up this year. Just go to jcp.com/angel, or watch the video below to learn more.

Thanks for your support!

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