GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) —The Salvation Army’s effort to ensure every family has gifts under their tree and a meal on the table for Christmas is now underway.
The Red Kettle campaign and Angel Tree Toy Drive officially kicked off at noon Friday in downtown Grand Rapids.
Their goal: collect $1.5 million in donations with the help of 60 red kettles scattered throughout the community.
“We want to make sure that this Christmastime, there will be toys under the tree, meals on the table for individuals. And also that $1.5 million will help with year-round services the Salvation Army does here in the community,” said Major Norman Grainger.
The Salvation Army is also calling on corporations, churches and community members to help with its Angel Tree Toy Drive for less fortunate children and teenagers this holiday season.
“It’s important because around West Michigan there’ll be around about 25,000 children assisted. That is a lot of toys. And we want to make sure that each individual has that toy under their Christmas tree at Christmastime,” Grainger said.
Families can do their part by visiting any of the more than 300 Angel Tree donation sites throughout West Michigan and then adding a little something extra to their cart during their next shopping trip.
“Grab a tag off the tree, make that a purchase and make sure a child has a toy this Christmastime,” Grainger said.
All gifts donated to the Angel Tree Toy Drive stay in the area they were collected.
Kent County families in need of holiday assistance should call the United Way hotline by dialing 211 or 1.800.887.1107.
Churches, workplaces and organizations can sign up to be an Angel Tree Toy Drive collection site here.
This is the 28th year WOOD TV8 has partnered with The Salvation Army for its Angel Tree Toy Drive.