July-August 2012

How to host a “tree of angels” in your community

The Tree of Angels is a meaningful Christmas program specifically held in memory and support of victims of violent crime. The Tree of Angels allows your community to recognize that the holiday season is a difficult time for families and friends who have suffered the crushing impact of a violent crime.

    This special event honors and supports surviving victims and victims’ families by making it possible for loved ones to bring an angel ornament to place on a Christmas tree. The first program was implemented in December 1991 by Verna Lee Carr with People Against Violent Crime (PAVC) in Austin. Over the years the Tree of Angels has become a memorable tradition observed in many Texas communities, providing comfort, hope, support, and healing.

    The Tree of Angels is a registered trademark of PAVC, and we are extremely sensitive to ensuring that the original meaning and purpose of the Tree of Angels continues and is not distorted in any way. For this reason, we ask that if your city or county is interested in receiving a copy of the How-To Guide, please complete a basic informational form on the Tree of Angels website, http://treeofangels.org/index.html. After the form is completed electronically and submitted to PAVC, you will receive instructions on how to download the guide. Please do not share it to avoid unauthorized use or distribution of the material.

    If you have any questions regarding the How-To Guide, contact Verna Lee at PAVC 512/837-PAVC (7282) or e-mail her at [email protected].