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New Unwrapped Gifts for Tweens urgently needed for The Salvation Army’s
Christmas assistance program
Houston, TX – As the deadline for The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program quickly
approaches, Santa's Secret Warehouse is seeking the public's help in collecting new
and unwrapped gifts for boys and girls 9 to 12 years of age.
“The gifts for tweens tend to receive fewer donations,” says Major Sandra Flanagan,
Associate Area Commander for The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command and coordinator
of the Angel Tree program. “Tweens are harder to shop for because they are outgrowing toys
and gravitate towards pricier items like electronics.”
Gift suggestions for girls, 9 - 12 years of age: Watch, MP3 player, arts/crafts kit,
Jewelry Sets (Children’s), purse, jacket/sweater/sweatshirt
Gift suggestions for boys, 9 - 12 years of age: Watch, handheld game, MP3 player, remote
control car & batteries, skateboard, basketball/soccer ball/football, jacket/sweater/sweatshirt
The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program, also known as the Angel Tree program,
provides new unwrapped gifts to children up to 12 years old before Christmas Eve. Families
register during the month of October and the nonprofit spends the remainder of the year
collecting donated gifts and funds from the public to make sure each registered child receives
gifts to place under their Christmas trees.
Drop-off locations for new unwrapped gifts include all participating Randalls
grocery stores, IHOP restaurants and Bel Furniture locations; as well as seven area mall Angel Tree locations at Baybrook Mall, Deerbrook Mall, The Galleria, Memorial City Mall, Pasadena Town Square,
Willowbrook Mall, and The Woodlands Mall.
In this community since 1889, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, The Salvation Army
Greater Houston Area Command serves Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties through youth
programs, shelter, disaster relief, counseling, senior programs and rehabilitation. The
mission of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is to meet human needs without
discrimination. Each year over 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation
Army. About 88.4 cents of every dollar raised locally is used to support those services in
Houston and at close to 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information about The
Salvation Army, please visit www.salvationarmyhouston.org.