For some children in KELOLAND, they face a very real possibility of waking up Christmas morning without a single gift to open. The Salvation Army is doing everything they can to make sure that doesn't happen. But with the lack of donations to the Angel Tree this year, it may not be an option.
"What we are seeing right now is people are being really generous, but, we're really in need of toys still. I was talking with our staff today. We're anticipating some 4,000 children being assisted just from the Salvation Army of Sioux Falls alone," Major Thomas Briggs said.
Briggs emphasizes what a wonderful feeling it is for those underprivileged kids to wake up Christmas morning with a toy of their very own under the Christmas tree.
For some families in Sioux Falls, a toy from the Angel Tree may be the only present they receive and Angel Tree volunteer Roger Shepherd says this is the time of the year to be giving.
"It's a good thing to do; it's the time of the year to be giving," Shepherd said.
Other Angel Tree volunteers, like the Scouts from Troop Number 48 tell of thefeeling they get when they do see people giving back to those in need.
"It's nice to see other helping out, and it's nice to help out," Jonathan Nash said.
"I just think helping people who don't get presents is a nice thing to do," Jackson Fisher said.
And just like Seth Shepherd says, any little thing helps.
"It makes me feel really grateful especially when they bring a lot but even when they have a little bit. It just makes me feel wonderful because they are donating to someone who doesn't have the money," Seth Shepherd said.
An organization hoping you help them spread Christmas cheer to thousands of children.
If you would like to help, just drop off a toy at the Angel Tree in the Macy's Wing of the Empire Mall or at the Salvation Army building on North Cliff Avenue.
There are also a number of alternative drop sites available through December 17:
• All Edward Jones locations
• Washington Pavilion
• Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union locations
• Dairy Queen on Minnesota Ave.
• First National Bank
• Celebration United Methodist Church in Brandon