Helping this holiday season in KELOLAND Original

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — People across KELOLAND have many holiday traditions. The McCrossan Boy Ranch has a tradition of displaying its “Tree of Hope” in Sioux Falls. The tree helps to provide their boys Christmas presents.

Many organizations throughout KELOLAND are asking for help this holiday season. If you would like to donate or help, take a look at the list below for opportunities throughout various communities.

  • Project Warm-Up
  • Avera’s Tree of Life
    • Through this campaign, a personalized ornament may be purchased with a $30 donation in memory or in honor of a loved one. All proceeds from this event benefit the Avera@HOME Hospice Program. The remembrance ceremony is at 4 p.m. December 12, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Fellowship Hall in Sioux Falls.
  • McCrossan Tree of Hope
    • The Tree of Hope is at both the Scheels on 41st Street and HyVee on Minnesota Avenue. The trees have cards with names of each of the boys at McCrossan Boy Ranch. The card lists several gift and clothing ideas you can purchase for them. The cards and gifts must be returned to the trees by December 24, 2019.
  • Shower Our Guests with Care
    • Shower Our Guests with Care packets can be purchased at Lewis Drug registers for $9.99. These packets contain personal hygiene products. The Banquet is also collecting family sized laundry detergent, dish washing liquid and toilet paper. These packets and products can be placed in the collection boxes at the Lewis Drug stores.
  • Guardian Tree
    • The Guardian tree at both Myer’s Deli locations is covered with Christmas wishes from foster kids. The presents should be unwrapped and brought back to Myers’ Deli. Exact dates are yet to be determined, but we will update this story when they are set.
  • Salvation Army in Mitchell
  • Sioux Falls Cares
    • Sioux Falls Cares is looking for volunteers on December 4 & 5 to help deliver gifts and necessities to families. The nonprofit is also looking for monetary donations.

The Helpline Center has also comprised a list of organizations that need your help:

If you have an organization that is in need of donations or help that isn’t listed above, send an email to

Another organization that is helping underprivileged kids throughout the nation is the United States Postal Service. USPS Operation Santa allows people to answer letters to Santa from kids and parents asking for Christmas presents. Letters are scanned in to the website and you can select the one you wish to answer and send the gifts requested. The website offers step-by-step instructions and which postal offices are participating in USPS Operation Santa.

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