Thousands register for Angel Tree gifts

Posted November 1, 2010
Updated November 17, 2010

— The Wake County Salvation Army has about 1,500 more applications for its annual Angel Tree program this year compared to 2009, said Haven Sink, Salvation Army director of public relations.

Sink estimated that about 25 percent of the 7,000-plus children registered to receive Christmas gifts come from families who have not sought aid in the past.

About 5,000 children got gifts from the Angel Tree last year, Sink said.

Each year, sponsors place Angel Trees in high-traffic areas in their communities, organizations and offices. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.

Last year, the Salvation Army had to go out and purchase toys at the last minute, because they were running low and corporate donations were down because of the economy. This year, they hope to meet the growing need.

Applicants must show some form of identification and proof that they have children and live in Wake County. There are no income requirements or proof of citizenship. In-person applications have closed, but families can still request help by calling the Salvation Army at 919-834-6733.


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  • Mom2two Nov 8, 2010

    "There will always be those that truly need and those that take advantage." hazeyc

    That is so true. When I was a police officer years ago, I had the opportunity to deliver some gifts to various families. Some truly had almost nothing, while other families raked in the gifts from multiple agencies. Something else to remember: If the gift is TOO nice/expensive, it is easily traded for cash.

  • hazeyc Nov 5, 2010

    We've done the angel tree at work and most of the requests we get from kids are for clothes. I understand some kids don't feel like they can ask for toys as they need the basics such as clothing.
    There will always be those that truly need and those that take advantage. Let's not overlook those that truly need because we think a few take advantage.

  • rachel Nov 5, 2010

    While I have no qualms about helping out and buying toys for kids at Christmas, I am always astounded at the things that are often put on the Angel Tree cards as requested gifts- in hard times I don't buy my own kids WII's etc- they get what is under the tree and they are grateful-I think we fail to allow for gratitude for the gift given by allowing people who ask for help, to ask for exactly what they want. Thats not the point of the holiday- any gift should be welcome and appreciated as long as its age appropriate- choosing your own gifts defeats the purpose of asking for assistance.

  • InvolvedCitizen Nov 2, 2010

    At first glance I thought the headline meant "Thousands register to help with Wake Salvation Army" and I was astounded. Sad that's not the case.

  • KiraAR Nov 1, 2010

    The Salvation Army hasn't loaded the local "Angels" into the computer system yet. The closest ones I can find are in Kinston. Why is there a delay?

  • 2cents Nov 1, 2010

    WRAL erased all the previous comments. The Angel Tree needs some tweaking....

  • abrcromben Nov 1, 2010

    Don't understand why there isn't income requirements...