Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Angel Tree Online

I don't know this particular program's ins-and-outs or its history but back when I dealt with non-profits and aid organizations, The Salvation Army was usually exactly what it claimed to be, and could be trusted.
It has teamed up with J.C. Penney to make its holiday Angel Tree program available online.  This is the second year of the partnership, so I assume the first was a success!

The virtual tree allows you to select a child or senior online, get their information and wish lists then shop online and have [your gifts] shipped for free to the Angel tree collection site.

That's if you shop at JCPenney for the items. JCP is offering free shipping on any order for Angel tree network.

Keep in mind you can shop anywhere online or in the store however you'll have to ship the items yourself or drop them off at the location you receive after confirmation.

This is great for someone like me -- I am mall-and-shopping phobic but still would like to do a good turn for a child or an older person who might be having a rough year.  Of course, that situation is all but unheard of around here, deep, deep in the Tête de Hergé (très décédé, d'ailleurs), as we don't suffer from the usual societal and economic stressors.

I wouldn't be surprised if some of the Cistercian practical jokers from the monastery riffraff down the road submitted themselves as angels to be adopted.  They get a little loopy this time of year -- what with that booming office supply mail order business, extra masses (for $49.95, promised in perpetuity, plus an autographed photo of Abbot-Fill-In-The-Blank), and public choir performances (those boys can sing!).  It is not just their precious $32 MonkCakes that are soaking in the peach brandy, if you get my drift, wink::wink.

Anyway, here are some FAQs as fielded by The Salvation Army. PLEASE READ THEM BEFORE ADOPTING AN ANGEL -- I don't wanna be responsible for anyone feeling snookered.

What is The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree program?

•The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree online presented by JCPenney is a national, online adoption program that allows customers to provide children and seniors in need with Christmas gifts. JCPenney has made it easier than ever for customers to shop, buy and ship their gifts from the convenience of their home, office or anywhere in the world.

How does the Angel Giving Tree program work?

•Visit jcp.com/angel to be guided through a short Angel selection process. After choosing an Angel online, you will receive a confirmation email with all of the necessary details to help shop for your Angel. Instructions will include the Angel’s wish list as well as information regarding where to ship your gifts. This address will have to be manually entered during the checkout process on jcp.com. Deadline for adopting and shopping for an Angel is Dec. 10. Otherwise, you have until Dec. 14 to purchase a JCPenney Gift Card for your Angel. These dates ensure that your Angel receives your gift(s) in time for Christmas.

Who benefits from The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree program?

•As an extension of the traditional physical version of The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree, this program provides gifts to children and seniors who, due to financial hardship, may not otherwise receive a Christmas gift.


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