"Violent crime in Texas has stolen too many dreams. Words alone cannot comfort a child who has lost a parent, we are here at the Tree of Angels to say that we care about you and pray that in the blessed season, your hearts find peace tonight"...

Former Texas Governor George W Bush



"It was our first Christmas without our child, the Tree of Angels helped us to be near others who also were grieving"



"I named my daughter after an angel, but I never dreamed she'd become one. We have found that the Tree of Angels to be one of the most comforting times throughout the holidays for my family and me to now honor our daughter's memory"

 




Tree of Angels History      

In 1991, the Tree of Angels was initiated in Austin, Texas by Verna Lee, Executive Advisor of People Against Violent Crime, to recognize that the holiday season is a difficult time for victims and their families. This special event in December honors surviving victims of violent crime and victims' families by making it possible for loved ones to bring an Angel to place on a special Christmas tree. It is our hope that the Tree of Angels allows us to remember, include and support victims of crime. These innocent victims are a part of our lives and a part of the community. Since its inception, the Tree of Angels has become a memorable tradition observed in many Texas communities.
On March 21, 2000 the United States Paten and Trademark Office registered the Tree of Angels. On November 9, 2000, former Governor George W. Bush proclaimed December 4 through December 10 as Tree of Angels Week in Texas.
A detailed "How-To-Guide" is available on how to establish a "Tree of Angels" ceremony in your community. We ask that you contact Verna Lee at PAVC (512-837-PAVC) or E-mail PAVC and add your city/county to the growing list that have made the Tree of Angels an annual event.



Governor Abbott proclaims the December 7th - 13th as Tree of Angels Week in Texas.





For more on the Tree of Angels visit our Tree of Angels Website.


Tree of Angels in Austin
25th Annual Tree of Angels
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
6:30 p.m.

Central Christian Church
1110 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas

2010 Tree of Angels Victim Tribute

Click on the image above to view the
"2010 Travis County Tree of Angels Victim Tribute"
     (Turn on your volume)








Tree of Angels 2015 Schedule


County Cities Hosting
Organization
(s)
Contact Event
Location
Date

Bastrop
 

Bastrop
Smithville
Elgin, Cedar Creek, Giddings, La Grange

Bastrop County Sheriff's Office

 

Family Crisis Center

Charlotte Pietsch 
(512) 321-7760

Calvary Episcopal Church
603 Spring Street
Bastrop. TX  

12/06/15 6:00 p.m.
15th TOA
  

Bell
Coryell

Multiple cites in Bell/ Coryell Counties

Bell Coryell County Crime Victim Coalition

Lisa Hatfiled
(254)501-7698
Jill McAfee
(254) 933-5232

Bell County Expo Center
301 West Loop 121
Belton, TX

12/01/15
6:00p.m.
12th TOA

Bexar

San Antonio

Victims Advocacy Council

Jane Shafer
(210) 207-2136

Madison Square Presbyterian Church
319 Camden
San Antonio,TX

12/05/15
6:00 p.m.

18th TOA

Burnet
Blanco
San Saba

Llano

Burnet
Marble Falls

Blanco
Johnson City, San Saba, Llano, Horseshoe Bay, Round Mountain, Buchanan Dam, Highland Haven

Hill Country Survivors of Violent Crime, Inc.

Cindy Westbrook
Bill Bilbrey
(325) 388-4720

Church of Christ
112 Broadway St. Marble Falls

12/12/15
5:00 p.m.

10th TOA

Brazos

Bryan,
College Station, Texas A&M University

Brazos County District Attorney

Melissa Carter
(979) 361-4320

First United Methodist Church
506 E. 28th Street
Bryan, TX

12/08/15
7:00 p.m.

14th TOA

Caldwell

Lockhart

Lockhart Police Department Victim Assistance Team

Tina Ramsey
(512)398-4401
Ext. 240

First Lockhart Baptist Church
315 W. Prairie St
Lockhart, TX

12/07/15
7:00 p.m.

13th TOA

Calhoun and Victoria,Jackson, Golaid and DeWitt

Port Lavaca and Victoria

Friends and Families of Violent Crime Victims

Mary Sue Woods
361-550-7481

Bauer Community Center
2300 N. Hwy. 35
Port Lavaca

12/08/15
7:00 p.m.

14th TOA

Cameron

Lower Rio Grand Valley

Cameron County District Attorney's Office

Beatrice Salazar
(956)544-0849

Cameron County Judicial Bldg
974 E. Harrison St.
Brownsville

12/04/15
5pm

7th TOA

Chambers

Anahuac, Winnie,
Mont Belvieu

Chambers County District Attorney's Office

Danni Previte
(409)267-2682

Chambers County Courthouse
404 Washington Avenue
Anahuac, TX

12/08/15
10:30 a.m.
7th TOA

Collin

McKinney

Collin County District Attorney's Office

Chris Jenkins
(972)548-4357

Collin County Courthouse 2100 Bloomdale Rd
McKinney, TX

12/10/15
9 to 11AM
4th TOA

Dallas

Dallas, Irving,
Garland, Carrollton,
Coppell, Duncanville,
Richardson, Addison,
Cedar Hall, De Sota,
Mesquite and
surrounding cities

Crime Victims Council of Dallas County

Pat Keaton
(214) 671-3587

Krissi Boulom
(214)671-3588

Walnut Hill United Methodist Church
10066 Marsh Lane
Dallas

12/03/15
7p.m.

18th TOA

Duval

San Diego

Duval County Crime Victim Assistance Program

Vanessa Lopez
(361)279-6269

Duval County Courthouse
400 E. Gravis Street
San Diego, TX

12/16/15

6:00p.m.

16th TOA

EllisMidlothianMidlothian Police DeptLarry Atchley         (972) 775-3333Midlothian Civic Center   224 S. 11th Street Midlothian12/15/15     7:00 pm     1st TOA

Erath

Stephenville Dublin and surrounding cities

Erath County Victim Services

Laurie Gillispie
(254) 965-1497

Donald R. Jones 
Justice Center112 W. College
Stephenville, TX

12/07/15
7:00 p.m.

14th TOA

Galveston

Texas City
La Marque
Sante Fe
Dickinson
League City
Friendswood
Hitchcock
Clear Lake Shores
Kemah

District Attorney’s Office Victims Unit

DeeDee Anderson
(409)770-5124

Galveston County Courthouse
600 59th Street
Galveston

12/08/15
6:30 p.m.
17th TOA

Grimes

Anderson
Navasota

Grimes County Law Enforcement

Brenda Williams
(936) 870-5079

Navasota Municipal Building
200 E. McAlpine
Navasota, TX

Grimes County Sheriff's Department
382 FM 149
Anderson

12/10/15
12 Noon

11th TOA

Hardin

Kountze
Lumberton
Silsbee
Sour Lake

Hardin County Crime Victim's
ssistance Center

Valerie Davis
(409)246-4300

Hardin County
Courthouse 300 Monroe (Hwy 326)  
Kountze, TX

12/08/15 6:30 p.m.  17th TOA

Hays

San Marcos

MADD -Central & OUR Lady of Wisdom University Parish, Student Leaders-TX State University

Carmen Castro
(512) 610-0019

Our Lady of Wisdom University Parish
100 Concho St. San Marcos, TX

11/29/15
10:00 a.m.

15th TOA

Hidalgo

Edinburg

MADD/Edinburg PD

Ana M. Verley
956-682-5928

UNnidad Coaltion Meeting Room
5510 N.Cage Blvd.

Pharr, TX

12/09/15
6:00 p.m.

7th TOA

Jefferson

Beaumont

Jefferson County Victims' Assistance Center

Misty Craver
(409) 839-2318

Jefferson County Courthouse Lobby
1001 Pearl Street
Beaumont,TX

12/08/15
6:00 p.m.
15th TOA

Kleberg
Kenedy
KIngville Kleberg & Kenedy Counties District Attorney's Office Jessica Balderas
(361) 595-8544
Kleberg Court Courthouse
2nd Floor
700 East Kleberg
Kingsville
12/09/15
5:30 PM
3rd TOA

Lamar

Paris

People Against Violent Crime

Doris Sanford (903)491-1322

Central Presbyterian Church309 S. Church St. Paris

12/10/15 6:30 p.m.  13th TOA

Limestone

Groesbeck
Mexia

Limestone Co. Attorneys' Office/V.A.C.

Denise Thompson (254)729-3814

Church on the Rock 1470 N.SH 14   Groesbeck

12/10/15 6:30 p.m.  11th TOA

 

McLennan

 

Waco
and surrounding cities

McLennan County Crime Victim Coalition

Tracey Villdevall
(254) 757-5048
Ext 2443

Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church
919 Dutton Avenue
Waco, TX

12/08/15
6:30 p.m.
5th TOA

Medina,
Uvalde
Real

Hondo,
Uvalde
Leakey

38th Judicial District Attorney's Office

Dalia M. Arteaga
(830)741-6187

South Texas Regional Training Center
402 Carter Street
Hondo, TX

12/12/15
12:00 Noon
3rd TOA

Milam

Cameron

Milam County District and County Attorney
Victim Services

Trisha Vargas

(254)697-7013

Milam County Historical Museum – Courthouse Square
112 W. 1st Street
Cameron, TX

12/15/15
6:00 p.m.

17th TOA

Montgomery

Conroe & Surrounding Cities

DWI Tracker

Margaret Smith
(936)648-4794

Montgomery County Courthouse
300 North Thompson
Conroe, TX

12/10/15
7:00 p.m.
19th TOA

Nueces
Kleberg Bee
Jim Wells Duval
Aransas
San Patricio

Corpus Christi
and open to all in South Texas

Nueces County Crime Victims' Right Coalition

Rosa Maria Cervantes
(361)888-0585

Nueces County Courthouse,
First Floor
901 Loepard
Corpus Christi, TX

12/09/15
5:30 p.m.

18th TOA

Palo Pinto Mineral Wells Palo Pinto District Attorney Adina Morris
(940)659-1251

Indian Creek Baptist Church
104 Indian Creek Road

Mineral Wells
12/10/15
6:30 p.m.
2nd TOA

Parker

Weatherford, Aledo, Anetta, Azle, Cool,Hudson Oaks, Millsap, Reno, Sanctuary, Springtown, Western Lake, Willow Park

Parker County Attorney, District Attorney, Weatherford Police Department, REACT, CSCD

Lisa Mehrhoff
(817) 594-8409

Doss Heritage and Culture Center,1400 Texas Dr Weatherford

12/08/15
6:00 p.m.

17th TOA

Potter
Randall

Amarillo

Panhandle Victim Assistance Coalition

Brenda Loveday
(806) 379-2325

Santa Fe Bldg Auditorium
9th & Polk
Amarillo

12/01/15
6:30 p.m.

14th TOA

Rusk

Henderson

Rusk County District Attorney's Office

Selena Turner
(903) 657-2265

JP5  Courtroom
210 Charlevoix, Suite 307, 3rd floor
Henderson, TX

12/04/15
6:30 p.m.

8th TOA

Starr

Rio Grande

Rio Grande City

Bernice Garza
(956)487-8635

Britton Ave
Gregorio Barrera Kiosk
Rio Grande City, TX

11/30/15
6:30 p.m.
3rd TOA

Tarrant

Mansfield

Mansfield Police Department

Dan Burdan
(817) 276-4760

St. John Lutheran Church
1218 East Debbie Lane
Mansfield, TX

12/08/15
7:00 p.m.

12th TOA

Travis (Open to all)

Austin
Buda
Georgetown
Kyle
Leander
Manchaca
Pflugerville
Round Rock

People Against Violent Crime

Travis County Sheriff's Office

Kimberly Orts
512-854-3434

Central Christian Church
1010 Guadalupe
Austin, TX

12/01/15
6:30 p.m.

25th TOA

Tom Green

San Angelo

Tom Green County
Coalition Against Violence

Rita Guthrie
(325) 658-3921

Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Parish Hall) 3 South Randolph
San Angelo, TX

12/10/15
6:30 p.m.

14th TOA

Walker

Huntsville 
New Waverly

Riverside

Criminal District Attorney’s Office/Danny Pierce Walker and County Judge Danny Pierce

Beth Malak
936-436-4623

Walker Country Storm Shelter
455 SH 75 North
Huntsville, TX

12/08/15
5:30 p.m.
20th TOA

Webb Laredo Family & Friends Support Group

Melinda Santos

956-744-6130

Laredo Public Library
1120 E. Carlton Rd.

Laredo
TBA
WillacyRaymondvilleWillacy County and District Attorney's OfficeMarisela Salazar
(956) 689-2164
Raymondville Historical Center
427 S. 7th St.
Raymondville
12/09/15
6:00 p.m.
1st TOA

Williamson

Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Nutto, Florence, Jarrell,Thrall Austin-Williamson, Bartlett, Granger, Liberty Hill, Thorndale, Weir

Williamson County District Attorney's Office

Gayla Schwab
512-943-1217

Williamson County Courthouse- 2nd Floor
405 MLK Street

Georgetown

12/08/15
6:30 p.m.
3rd TOA

Outside Texas

Oklahoma County, OK

Statewide

District Attorneys Council (DAC)

Tina Harman
405-264-5006

Cox Convention Center
100 West Sheridan
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

11/28/15
5:00 p.m.

20th TOA

Australia

Newcastle

Victims of Crime Assistance League Inc NSWS (VOCAL)

Robyn Cotterell-Jones
www.vocal.org.au

St. John's Anglican Church
Cnr Darby and Parry Sts
Newcastle, Australia

11/27/15
6:00 p.m.

12th TOA