Giving Idea: Adopt an Angel from an Angel Tree

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It may be the month of Thanksgiving, but Christmas is just around the corner, and with that comes the season of Angels and Angel Trees.

What I love about the Angel Tree program is how easy it is. You pick an angel off of the tree at your local business or retailer, purchase a gift from the list on the angel card, and return the angel card with the gift to the drop-off.

Easy-peasy and you are helping a local underprivileged child have a good holiday.

The ultimate goal of the Angel Tree program is to get new toys and clothing into the hands of needy children during the holiday season.

Families who are eligible to participate in the program submit requests for items that each child in the household needs to the Salvation Army in advance of the holiday season.

I also love that you do not have to spend an arm and a leg on these gifts. We let Abby Grace and Reese to choose an angel last year, and we chose Meleah’s for her (as she was only 1). We then told the girls what their child wanted, and each girl was able to choose the gift and pay for the gift themselves.

It was a beautiful, teachable moment for our girls, as they are blessed with too much plenty of toys, games, and clothes. They want for nothing.

Participating in the Angel Tree program not only allowed the girls to invest in someone else’s life, but led them to begin praying for their Angel.

It has also given them compassion towards those who are not as fortunate as they are, and has helped them to begin to understand the power of giving.

Check your local retailers and businesses to see if they have their Angel Tree up and ready. If you prefer, you can even search for and choose your angel online. Please read the FAQ to see how choosing your angel online works.



In The King’s Christmas List, children will learn that the greatest gift of all is the gift of giving through the precious story of a little girl named Emma.

Emma has been invited to the King’s birthday party! Dressed in her very best, Emma brings her little dog Shu-Shu and her treasured stuffed toy Cherry-Bear along for the journey to the King’s palace.

However, along the way, Emma learns giant lessons about giving to those less fortunate and enters the King’s presence weary, rumpled, cold and empty-handed. What will the King think?! Emma frets, but after meeting the King, discovers she gave the King exactly what he wanted….

Another great tool with this book is the interactive feature that will encourage and direct families to go online and easily give their own birthday gifts to the King through notable charities like BloodWater Mission and World Vision. will show children how the precious gift of their time and thoughtfulness blesses the least of our brothers and sisters.

You may view a preview of The King’s Christmas List here.

To win your own copy of The King’s Christmas List, enter the giveaway below. Those reading in an email or feed reader should click through to the post to enter.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of The King’s Christmas List to give to the charity of my choice. I have received no compensation for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine, all mine.

Prize Disclosure:
Tommy Nelson will be giving away one copy of the new children’s book, The King’s Christmas List, on each of the 10 blogs. In addition, TN would like to make a donation for the winning family to the charity of their choice (from TheKingsAdventure website) for $40, encouraging them to decide as a family how to give their gifts to the King!

Make sure you visit the other 30 Day Giving Challenge team members for more ideas, opportunities, and giveaways:

:: 4Tunate ::
:: For the Mommas ::
:: Frugal Femina ::
:: Keeping the Kingdom First ::
:: Life. Your Way ::
:: My Blessed Life ::
:: Resourceful Mommy ::
:: Saving and Giving ::
:: The Finer Things ::


  1. says

    My kids love maps so I like the map on the website. I’d like to let my kids play around and click where they want so that I can read the needs to them.
    Thanks for doing this 30 Day Giving Challenge! I’m excited about it!

  2. danielle h says

    I love the map that is interactive….especially that they supply you with a prayer. I want to do this with my daughter.

  3. Lindsay says

    I love the ideas for redefining Christmas. We took our kids to spread holiday cheer at a nursing home last year and it was one of the best parts of Christmas for all of us.

  4. Tina says

    I love the whole idea of redefining Christmas and getting back to what the true meaning of Christmas.

  5. Brandi says

    I love that there are three ways to participate in the site (pray, give, learn). It is a great way to get the kids involved in issues that are global, not just local.

    ps. I liked you and Tommy Nelson on Facebook.

  6. karen s says

    I added tommy on my FBook “Like”. I’m loving planning my 30 day giving stuff this month. It’s alot of fun. Kuddos to you blogging gals for getting this together. Bless you!

  7. says

    I love the testimony on the blog. I know that there are far more exciting things on the website – but the Jumbo- Tron prayer speaks volumes to me. God knew they were willing to take that leap of faith in a house swap – that’s a Wow moment.

    What an awesome story.

  8. pamela james says

    The map makes you aware of what’s going on in other areas of the world.