About 40 Salvation Army’s Angel Tree tags still available; approaching deadline is Dec. 12

Angel Tree2RAPID CITY, S.D. – About 40 tags are still available on Salvation Army’s Angel Trees in the Rapid City area and the deadline is approaching.

The deadline to drop off presents is Monday, Dec. 12.

Here’s a few things to know if you want to get a tag for a child from the Black Hills region.

Information on a tag

The general information that is put on a tag is the age of the child and if they are a boy or a girl.

You can pick a tag that says “boy age 2” or “girl age 11.”

That is all the information you’re given and you can get a range of presents that you think the child will enjoy.

Locations to get a tag

  • City Hall (300 Sixth St)
  • Rapid City Fire Department (10 Main Street)
  • Roosevelt Park Swim Center (125 Waterloo St)
  • Roosevelt Park Ice Arena (235 Waterloo St)

The Rapid City Police Department does have an angel tree but all of the tags are spoken for there.

16 photos of the angel tree and some presents and City Hall:

Steps to get kids a gift

  • Go to one of the locations listed above
  • Pick out a tag
  • Shop for the tag you picked
  • Bring the unwrapped present back to the building that you got the tag
    • Before Monday, Dec. 12
  • There is also online shopping available with Rapid City Salvation Army’s registration at rapidcityangeltree.org.

Why it’s important

“We’ve done this for a number of years and always been overwhelmed with the reaction of the general public. We’ve seen this in some of the other drives that the city has participated in, especially this year. We’ve had our diaper drive again. We’ve done our community food drive and some other drives throughout this past several months,” Darrell Shoemaker, communications coordinator of the City of Rapid City, said. “And the reaction has just been great throughout the community. They’ve been responding quite well for the Angel Tree program.

“This may be the only gift that this boy or girl may get that’s on that tag. So just, with a few weeks here and the hustle and bustle, if they would take that tag and reach out. Get a gift knowing that it’s going to go and be well appreciated by the recipient of that gift.

“The Salvation Army has a great program and they’ve run this for a number of years. The city’s been proud to participate with our city departments and the other businesses that are participating. We know that a lot of boys and girls in the area are going to have a great holiday by getting the gift because of the generosity of our general public.”

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