BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Every child should have presents for the holidays, and Kids for Christmas is working to do just that.

Kids for Christmas has been providing toys, clothes, school items, food and more to families struggling through the holiday. The goal is to give parents a helping hand during the holiday season. Kids for Christmas is asking for monetary donations through Dec. 20 to help make Christmas merry for local kids in need.

Professionals Auto Body in Duncansville has been organizing this initiative for nine years with support from local law enforcement and other local businesses.

The program works to provide toys, clothing, school items, food and other items to families struggling during the Holidays. A select few children will have the opportunity to meet Santa and local law enforcement starting in December.

The goal for 2023 is to raise $15,000. The Professional Auto Body staff will personally shop for each child and will find exactly what they are asking for.

Kids for Christmas also gives children the opportunity to interact with officers in the community. The officers take time with the kids, interact with them, answer any questions they have, and will even play with the kids.

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Right now they’re looking for monetary donations, new toys and grocery store gift cards for
food. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the shop location at 1109 Plank Road. You can also donate online. Any checks can be made payable to ‘Kids for Christmas.’

If you know a family in need, you can request help on the Professionals Auto Body website. For more information, you can call (814) 696-8466 and ask for Jamie.

In 2022, Kids for Christmas was able to help give gifts to 120 children.