Ashley's Angels helps kids in need

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Many of us will be putting gifts under our Christmas trees this month, but not everyone has the money for them.

On Tuesday, volunteers are shopping at the Onalaska Wal Mart benefitting Ashley’s Angels.

A volunteer, non-profit organization that provides Christmas presents for children in need.

Volunteer shoppers were given a list of items to buy that includes the child’s age and gender.

Ashley Distribution Services will deliver the gifts on the twenty-first to more than a dozen school districts in Wisconsin including Onalaska, Holmen, Osseo and Mondovi.

“It makes you feel good when you see the parents come and the tears are rolling down the cheeks and we’re crying and everybody’s got big smiles and they’re all in shock that they get all of this,” said Ashley Distribution Service truck driver Betty Klopotek.

Volunteers will be shopping until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Ashley’s Angels was started in 1997 when a Mississippi truck driver and his wife learned about a little girl named Ashley who was living in the back seat of car.

The only thing she wanted for Christmas was clothes without holes in them.


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