Christmas is for Kids helps Trempealeau County families in need

WHITEHALL, Wis. (WEAU) -- The holidays are a time for giving, but not everyone has the money to buy gifts.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office said it wants to do its part to give families a better holiday.

Office fiscal manager Carol Ressler said the Christmas is for Kids program is one way the department gives back.

“It’s just a little bit that helps out in order to give them something to put under their tree for their kids,” said Ressler.

Christmas is for Kids got started in 1987.

Back then, Kodak donated nearly 150 teddy bears to the sheriff’s office.

It’s because the sheriff’s office had been using Kodak film.

Ressler said more than 80 families and more than 200 hundred kids are participating this year.

“It’s very, very rewarding to see the faces and the expressions of families that come in, just to know that you helped them a little bit during the holiday season,” said Ressler.

All you have to do is take a tag off the tree, sign a form and bring your unwrapped gifts back to the sheriff’s office with the tag from the tree attached.”

“We ask for at least a $25 donation towards a gift, clothing or toys, and we also accept the monetary donations as well as the wrapping paper and tape,” said Ressler.

Ressler said donations should be new.

Donors should bring gifts to the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office by November 27.

Families will come to the sheriff’s office to get their gifts on December 12.


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