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Christmas time is one of the busiest times of the year. Here at The Salvation Army it is no different! In Arkansas and Oklahoma, there are numerous ways that you can be involved in our Christmas services, regardless if you are needing assistance, or looking for a place to serve.
If you're needing assistance, first let us tell you that it is our joy to help out where we can, and we have many different ways that we may be able to serve you. If you have children and are not sure how you're going to be able to provide them with presents to open on Christmas morning, you may want to look into applying for our Angel Tree program. Or perhaps you're not sure how you'll be able to provide your family with a meal on Christmas day, and in many cases we are able to provide a food basket for you to take home. There may be more ways that we can help you in the holiday season than you can imagine, so please don't hesitate to contact us!
For those who are looking for a place to give or serve, The Salvation Army's Arkansas and Oklahoma Division has many places for you to help out during the holidays. First and foremost, we could not survive without the generous donations that the public gives to The Salvation Army during our Red Kettle Drive, and now we are not only doing Red Kettles in front of stores, but we are also doing Red Kettles online! Check the link to the right for more information about how you can give during our online Red Kettle. For volunteer information, contact your local Salvation Army for events and opportunities in your area.
Regardless of your need, we want to serve you during the holiday season. Contact us at 1-800-227-2156 and let us know how we can serve you during the holiday season.
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 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 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 the Music City. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ol' 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 wildfire.