LAS VEGAS – The Salvation Army's Christmas Angel program is underway. It is an opportunity for families in need to sign their children up to receive Christmas gifts this holiday season.
Rashonda Harper has two young sons, 5 and 8, and is signing them up for the second year. "I have a son with disabilities," said Harper. "It's hard for me to keep stable work, and you know around this time, it can get hard."
The Family Service Director for the Salvation Army of Las Vegas expects to serve 1,800 families this year, which amounts to approximately 9,000 children in the area. The age group is between newborns and age 14. Felicia Lacivita says sign up is initially slow, but as the word gets out more people sign up.
"Last year was basically the same way," said Lacivita. "The first day is the slowest day and as soon as it gets out there, it goes faster."
Harper didn't want to wait to sign up to the program. She says it's a service that provides something she can't, and the look on her sons' faces is worth it.
"I mean, especially when you can't do it yourself. And, just knowing there's people out there who care about how their day is going, and how their life is."
"There's a lot of families that come in here that are very grateful," said Lacivita. She says in the nine years she's worked at the Salvation Army she's never seen a family walk away unappreciative.
The sign-up for the program continues through November 1, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Saturday sign up services will be available during the same hours on October 9, 23, and November 6 for families who may work during the week.