Salvation Army’s Angel Tree in Sacramento to distribute over 20,000 toys


Providing toys to more than 5,000 children in need

Sacramento, Calif. – More than 20,000 toys will be distributed to more than 5,000 underprivileged children in Sacramento thanks to Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

The program has been a Salvation Army tradition since 1979 and has helped bring Christmas to millions of families in need over the past four decades.

when where

Venue: Cal Expo
Enter through Gate 12 and follow the signs for Distribution in Terminal C

When: Wednesday, December 21, from 9 am to 2 pm
Volunteers arrive at 7 am
Thousands of recipients start lining up in cars around 8 am.

How does Angel Tree work:

  1. Social service agencies and schools refer families to the Salvation Army for help at Christmas. Participants are interviewed to verify that the family is in real need.
  2. The Salvation Army has the name of every special needs child or adult in the family and a list of most desirable Christmas gifts. Verification is done to ensure that the family is not receiving duplicate services from another agency.
  3. Angel cards are printed for each individual and placed on Salvation Army angel trees at area malls and at local businesses and organizations.
  4. Generous donors choose Angels, purchase gifts, and return them to the Angel Tree by the deadline indicated on each sign.
  5. Upon their return, the gifts are taken to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Distribution Center to be picked up by the owners’ families.
  6. During the week before Christmas Eve, families receive their gifts.

The Salvation Army helps more than 25 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardship through a range of social services. Providing nutrition, shelter, emergency relief, and rehabilitation programs, the Salvation Army does its best in its 7,200 operations centers across the country. For more information visit

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