Hancock Resource Center (HRC), Hope Haven, and the American Red Cross are partnering with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Area Command of the Salvation Army to bring the Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas program to Hancock County again this year. Last year, because of the help of people like you, HRC and its partners were able to help 426 families and more than 581 children have a better Christmas. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program is an opportunity for people throughout the county to help local families and children in need during the holidays. Businesses, offices, organizations, churches, clubs, families, or any group that wishes to participate can request Salvation Army Angel Tree “tags” from the HRC. Each tag represents the wishes of a real child or youth (toys, clothes, books, hats and gloves). Unlike a toy drive, the Salvation Army Angel Tree program fulfills families’ and children’s specific needs and wishes for the holiday season.
If you want to sponsor a tree, here’s how it works: Contact the Hancock Resource Center to request the number of Salvation Army Angel Tree tags that you or your organization wish to fill. You can display the tags on a Christmas tree, bulletin board, or any visible area. Or simply distribute the tags to each participant in your organization. Participants fulfill the request on the tag and bring the item(s) unwrapped to our collection site* with the tag attached no later than December 8th. HRC and partners arrange for the families in need to receive their gifts before Christmas.
If you would prefer to help by dropping off a toy, gift, or multiple toys for the program, bring the unwrapped gift(s) from November 6th - December 8th to the Hancock Resource Center. You may donate cash or gift cards to the program as well, and HRC staff will purchase items on the tags for the families in need.
Please contact Melanie Humphries at 228-463-8887 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register your organization or club or to volunteer to assist with this program.