Tell me more about Angel Trees
The Christmas Bureau was established in 1992 for the purpose of providing food to families in need at Christmas time. That is still our number one priority. As the non-profit society became more well known, generous valley people wanted to do more. Gifts were then provided to children, along with the food hampers. A Christmas tree was erected at Dairy Queen, gift tags were placed on it and it became known as an “Angel Tree”. Tags are picked up, gifts are purchased and then returned to the tree. Over time, the demand grew for support of families in need and donations increased. Tags were then added for gifts for teens and seniors.
Toy Tree Locations
A tag for a child or teen can be picked up at Red Apple, Canadian Tire or The Station Pub. Tags for seniors can be picked up at Fields.
Red Apple – Invermere (Kids/Teens)
Canadian Tire – Invermere (Kids/Teens)
The Station Pub – Invermere (Kids/Teens)
- Fields – Invermere (Seniors only)
How it works:
Angel trees are typically in place by the third week in November.
Christmas Bureau volunteers pick up the gifts at the angel trees and match them up with grocery cards and a small bag of “goodies” for the entire family. If there are still “unfilled” tags, volunteers shop locally for gifts, using funds donated to the Bureau.
Canadian Tire and Red Apple hold toy drives each year and all gifts are donated to the Christmas Bureau.
When it’s possible (pre-covid times), Home Hardware also donates gifts via their Ladies Night extravaganza. These gifts are used for “unfilled” tags left on the angel trees or, in many cases, children receive more than one gift. We are truly appreciative of their kindness and support. This will not take place during 2022.