Salvation Army angel tree Christmas assistance program


The Salvation Army angel tree Christmas assistance program is taking applications until Nov. 20 at three different locations in Wichita to help those in need during the holiday season.

Christmas is just over a month and a half away, so families can donate clothing, cash and toys to the program at any Salvation Army location. Families looking for assistance can apply from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these three locations: 350 N. Market St., 1739 S. Elpyco St. and 1910 S. Everett St.

According to Salvation Army officials, the program serves about 4,000 families every year, which is about 13,000 individuals. Jill Skaggs, the director of emergency social services for the organization, says there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make it all happen.

"We have volunteers that meet with our families and then we have volunteers behind the scenes that do all the data entry," Skaggs said. "It's a lot of work behind the scenes. Worth it, because our families are in need, but it is a lot of work to make all that happen and then at the very end we distribute all those so that's a lot of work to."

Even after all the work, Skaggs said seeing the look on families faces when they receive the help is something that makes it worth while.

"It's so gratifying, and that's one thing that our volunteers say all the time and my staff, just being able to help that person with warm clothing warm coats, but also to make sure that the family has a merry Christmas," she said. "So, in addition to the toys we also do a food voucher and we'll have a meat item so we're able to really do kind of a whole Christmas event for them."

Also, here at KAKE News we are in the middle of our Toy Mountain drive. You can bring a new, unwrapped toy to 1500 N. West St. until Dec. 6, and the toys will then be distributed by the Salvation Army. Also, we are hosting a KAKE shred event on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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