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
Angel tree tags can be picked up at Red Apple, Canadian Tire, The Station Pub or Mainstreet Fun and Games.
Red Apple – Invermere
Canadian Tire – Invermere
The Station Pub – Invermere
- Mainstreet Fun and Games – Invermere
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. In addition, local musicians and the Windermere Whitehouse Pub donate their time annually to put on a concert where all proceeds go to the Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley.
We are truly appreciative of the variety of businesses, musicians and citizens’ kindness and support.