The Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program for children of prisoners requires that the incarcerated parent initiate a child's registration through Prison Fellowship volunteers at the jail. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program allows families who need help giving Christmas gifts to their children to self-register through their local Salvation Army office during the months of October and November.
The Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program works through local churches. Volunteers perform outreach to prisoners at local correctional facilities to collect children's names, and the Prison Fellowship relays the names to participating churches. The church displays an Angel Tree, featuring one tag for each child, including name, age and suggested gift. Church members adopt a tag and purchase, wrap and deliver the gift to children in the name of the incarcerated parent.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree program assists families in financial straits. Parents register their children for Christmas assistance at their local Salvation Army office, and participating local businesses and organizations receive the names of needy children from the office. Angel Trees are displayed at the business, featuring one tag for each child, including name, age and suggested gift. Employees, customers or other individuals adopt a tag and purchase the gift. Volunteers collect the gifts and the Salvation Army delivers them to the families.