Angel Tree gives 7,000 local children a Christmas

Angel Tree gives 7,000 local children a Christmas »Play Video

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The holiday season is happy for many, but for some families in the Treasure Valley, Christmas brings on stress and worry when parents can't afford presents for their kids. The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program intends to bring joy and hope back to those families during the holidays.

The Salvation Army puts gift wishes on trees across the Treasure Valley so that struggling families can have presents under theirs.

This Christmas marks the second year Myia and Sean Day have relied on the Angel Tree program to give their kids a Christmas. The Days have four children, ages six months to six years old.

"It's stressful, because you want to make sure they have a good Christmas," Myia Day told KBOI 2News, "It's easy to just not buy each other anything, because we don't really need it. But with the kids, they're excited because they hear about Santa, and they see that their friends are talking about Christmas. Anything they get toy-wise is just a huge blessing for them."

"It definitely lifts the burden," said Amber Young, who has been working with local Angel Tree families for the past seven years.

After toys are collected from Angel Trees across the Treasure Valley, they're brought back to Boise's Salvation Army where volunteers prepare the warehouse for a give out day that will serve 7,000 local kids.

Young says when it comes to Angel Tree donations, the generosity of people in the Treasure Valley overwhelms her every year.

"I'm just so surprised at the number of toys and the quality of toys and what people are willing to give," she said.

Parents taking part in the Angel Tree program get to go to the warehouse and pick three to four toys, a few stocking stuffers and books for each child.

"They get that shopping experience," Young said, "And they know that the toys they get, their kids are going to be excited to open on Christmas day."