The 2016 Angel Tree Program

ABC Action News viewers have been a part of the Salvation Army Angel Tree tradition for nearly 20 years!

The holiday gifts serve thousands of needy children each December and thanks to the early start in July last year, we helped serve more than 16,000 kids! Thank you Tampa Bay!

Salvation Army Angel Tree programs across five counties are counting on us again!

Join us for our 2016 Christmas in July campaign starting July 11.

With help from the Tampa Bay Storm, the Tampa Bay Rays, CHASE Bank & Hudson’s Furniture, we’re hosting toy drives for new, unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army at Amalie Arena, Tropicana Field!

It’s easy and fun!

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Storm vs. Philadelphia Soul game on July 16 and receive 1 free ticket to the game per toy donated! (Maximum of 4 tickets per person.)

Rays’ fans bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles game on July 17 and receive 2 free tickets to a future Rays game. (Lower level seats and no black- out dates.)

ABC Action News anchors and reporters will be on the Plaza of Amalie Arena for the pre-game festivities and toy drive on July 16.

Then on July 17, Chief Meteorologist Denis Phillips and his family will be collecting your toy donations and singing – yes, singing! – during the Rays game!

Other drop off locations for 2016 Christmas in July include:

  • WFTS-TV ABC Action News weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program is a purely volunteer-driven program and a testament to the power of people coming together to help their neighbors in need! Only families living at or below the Federal Poverty level are eligible to register their children for Angel Tree. Registration starts in late August.

Your toy donations in July will help the Salvation Army know just how many children and families they will be able to register. It’s heartbreaking to have to turn parents away because there’s no room on the registry left for their children. Let’s give the Salvation Army units another head start! Let’s do Christmas in July and December!


Watch How the Angel Tree Program was Born and See the Results

Throughout the months of November and December, The Salvation Army needs hundreds of elves (volunteers) on weekdays, weeknights and Saturdays to prepare the Holiday Toyshop and Angel Tree gifts for distribution to needy families. Volunteers are also needed to partner with these families on the day of distribution to help them pick up their children's gifts and food for holiday meals. Your group can volunteer all day or a portion of the day.

Here are the participating Salvation Army units. Click on the unit you are able to help.