Salvation Army recruiting help for Angel Tree drive

RAPID CITY, S.D. – With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, the Salvation Army is looking for help to provide for children in need.

A tag for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree gift drive hangs from a tree. The Salvation Army is looking for businesses and other organizations to participate in the program. Photo Date: Oct. 9, 2018.They are looking for businesses, churches and other organizations to help out with their annual Angel Tree gift drive.

Participants in the Angel Tree drive place a tree in a busy part of their facility with tags hanging from the branches. Each tag has an age and a gender. Passers-by can then take a tag and purchase a gift appropriate for the age and gender.

Salvation Army Auxiliary Capt. Michelle Johnson believes that all children are entitled to happiness during the holiday season.

“We realize that families fall short, and there’s a lot of poverty in our area,” Johnson said. “We don’t want those children and families to go without this Christmas. We want them to know that someone is thinking about them; someone cares about them.”

The gift drive officially begins Nov. 1.

If your business or organization is interested in participating, contact Kelly Sickels at 605-342-0982.

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