WBRC FOX6 News is proud to once again partner with the Salvation Army for our annual "Gifts for Kids Angel Tree" program.
The "Gifts for Kids Angel Tree" program is a way for people to donate Christmas gifts to foster children and children in need during the holiday season. You can either supply the gifts yourself or you can donate cash to the Salvation Army who will then use that money to buy clothing and toys for children on their Angel Tree list.
How to Help
There are several ways you can help:
1) Adopt an angel. Fill out the form below or visit Brookwood Village from November 11 until December 3 to adopt an angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. If you fill out the form, instructions will be emailed back to you on how to fulfill the adoption.
2) Drop off a gift. If you are dropping off a gift for a specific angel(s) you adopted, follow the instructions provided or visit SalvationArmyALM.org/Birmingham for instructions.
In 1998, WBRC teamed up with the Department of Human Resources to help collect toys for foster children in Jefferson County. Since then, the WBRC FOX6 News Gifts for Kids program has expanded to include several counties in and around Birmingham, providing toys to tens of thousands foster children in the Birmingham metro area.
The History of The Salvation Army Angel Tree
Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army's highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors 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 got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards featuring pictures of angels and placing them on a Christmas Tree at the mall. Thanks to the Whites, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.
Three years later, when the Whites were transferred to Nashville, Tennessee, Angel Tree was launched in Music City during the 1982 Christmas season. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ole Opry, came on board that year as the first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the U.S.
Because of the on-air promotion on WSM in Nashville, as well as national publicity on CNN and the Larry King Show, news of Angel Tree spread across the country like wild fire. Since that time, the program has grown to include Angel Trees in throughout the Birmingham area.