EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (WJFW) – The Vilas Country Salvation Army is making sure that families have presents under their Christmas tree this season. “We serve children from newborn all the way through 18,” said Kathy Holtorp. “As long as they are in school we consider them a child so we want to make sure that we don’t forget anybody,” said Kathy. The Toy Program has all sorts of options to choose from like a Princess Jasmine doll to LEGOS and even Batman. Kathy Holtorp believes there’s something for every child. “Our donors are the best donors around, they come through to us every year with awesome gifts for kids, we have a wide variety of really nice things that parents have to choose from.”
For parents like Crystal Strange, this is weight off her shoulders.. “I think its a great help especially if you’re having a hard time,” said Crystal Strange. It gives her a chance to give her kids that special gift. “It’s hard to tell the kids there are no presents, so they help out parents a chance to provide something for their children for Christmas morning.” With the Salvation Army’s plan of providing assistance though their toy program. It’s allowing Strange an opportunity that she will cherish forever. “Oh, it makes me very happy,” said Strange. “I’m very glad that the community comes together to help, because all of us need help sometimes and it means a lot to give my kids a gift this Christmas” she added.