Angels in the Attic, a homegrown 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has created several options for those looking to help the less fortunate this holiday season.
“There are children right here in Arkansas City who won’t have much of a holiday without some help,” said Christine Tanner, Angels in the Attic board chair.
One of the programs Angels has created to combat the need is its Santa’s Kids program.
Santa’s Kids is celebrating its third year of helping to make Christmas wishes come true for kids.
This program partners with local groups, organizations, businesses, churches and individuals to help to make the Christmas season a little merrier for struggling families in the community.
“Santa’s Kids is truly a community effort,” Tanner said.
“We are able to help approximately 300 families and close to 500 children through support from groups (such as) ABATE, Bobby Estus Memorial Bike Ride, Tumbleweeds, many local churches, and businesses like KanPak through the GSF Foundation, Walmart in Arkansas City, Creekstone Farms, Winfield Family Video, (and) Graves Drug in both Arkansas City and Winfield.”
“We have also had tremendous support from JAG-K youth (who) spent many hours at our local Walmart gathering toys to give to the local children,” Tanner added. “The Arkansas City Middle School KAY Club gathers change in a contest to be able to shop for many of the kids on our list, as well.”
This program can be found in action through card trees that can be found in multiple places throughout the community, including Walmart and other retail locations such as Factory Connection.
“It takes an entire community to make the program successful, and we are thankful for the individuals who take a Santa’s Kids card from the trees hung throughout the community and shop for individual children,” Tanner said.
But the need doesn’t stop there — parents who pick up gifts at Angels in the Attic also are given wrapping paper, tape and ribbons, while these items are available.
“In addition to the Santa’s Kids program, our food pantry is an important part of what we do,” Tanner said.
Angels in the Attic also accepts food donations. Monetary donations are welcome to purchase perishables for those in need.
Any nonperishable items, including toiletries and cleaning supplies, are accepted, too.
To learn more about Angels in the Attic or to volunteer, call (620) 446-5272.