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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (October 6, 2022) – Even though the Red Kettles aren’t out yet, it’s not too early to get ready for the holiday season. This week, The Salvation Army launched its annual Angel Tree Christmas Gift Program, providing gifts, toys, clothing and food to families during the holiday season. The application registration period opened in Kent County on Saturday October 1 and closes on December 3. To apply go to

The success of the program relies heavily on community support and funding. Businesses, churches, schools and organizations can sign up to host an Angel Tree site, collecting toys and gifts for children in their local community. Donations are also needed to help purchase gift cards. Companies can also get involved by decorating Christmas trees at their workplace with angels for employees to adopt or help with sponsorships. For more information or to become a volunteer, go to Or contact your local Salvation Army for more information.

Last year the Kent County Salvation Army helped over 1,500 families and over 3,900 children. They hope to help even more families this year. The Angel tree program is sponsored in part by WOOD-TV.

About the United States Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical branch of the Universal Christian Church established in London in 1865, has supported those in need without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans each year receive assistance from the Salvation Army through the widest range of social services, from providing food for the hungry, disaster relief, assistance to people with disabilities, awareness for the elderly and sick, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, visit

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