Salvation Army Angel Program Provides Struggling Parents With Christmas Gifts for Kids

Parents struggling to make ends meet have a way to be sure their kids are not left empty handed on Christmas morning.

The Salvation Army of Big Rapids puts on the Angel Tree Program every year.

This week and next, families who need help can register.

They can then pick from donated presents in December.

Local businesses sponsor trees with angel tags on them.

People can choose a tag with a gift listed on it, buy that gift, and donate it.

Last year, the Salvation Army served around 700 kids through this program.

“It’s a week to week thing. You’re working on getting gas for the car and food on table and then when something like Christmas or birthdays come along, it’s just an added expense that is not necessarily in the budget,” said Theresa Hoskins, Envoy for the Salvation Army in Big Rapids.

In order to register you must have a picture ID, proof of household income, ID for each child and custody or guardianship papers if you aren’t the biological parent.

This Angel Tree Program through the Big Rapids Salvation Army will provide to Mecosta, Osceola, Lake, and Newaygo counties.