Now is the time to register for Angel Tree & Salvation Army programs for holidays

See details below on how to sign up

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Every year at the holidays we get last minute pleas for families who need help.

And we have to tell them, the time to get help has passed.

So we want to let everyone know that NOW is the time to sign up for that help.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides gifts for thousands of area kids and seniors.

You know how it works… they put a name on the tree.. people pick them out and then provide the presents.

But you’ve got to register to get on that tree.

Here is how to do it:

People in Hamilton, Grundy, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie Counties in Tennessee or Catoosa, Dade and Walker in Georgia can register online by clicking here.

People in Bradley, McMinn, Meigs or Polk Counties need to schedule an in-person interview.

Call 423-308-3467 to schedule the appointment on the following days:

Oct. 11-12 Seniors

Oct. 13-15 Families

Oct. 18-20 Spanish-Speaking Families and Seniors

Oct. 21-22 Families

You will need to bring identification, income verification and proof of guardianship before receiving gifts.

“Last year, there was an alarming spike in poverty in our area, largely due to the pandemic,” said Major Mark Smith of the Chattanooga Area Command. “In fact, we saw a 64% increase in the number of families relying on our support compared to 2019. This year, as we anticipate a similar need, we are reflecting on the generosity of this community and preparing to implement vital programs for our most underserved neighbors.”

The Salvation Army provided a record-breaking 5,611 angels, thousands of holiday meals and 250 backpacks loaded with food and gifts for the homeless.

The Angel Tree Hotline is (423) 305-6950 (English) and (423) 305-6951 (Spanish). To reach The Salvation Army Chattanooga Area Command, please call (423) 756-1023.

They will begin offering Angels for adoption in early November.

Story updated to correct hotline phone numbers.

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