Locals have an opportunity to make the holiday season a better one for some local kids in need.

The Roland-Story school district would like to inform the public about the Angel Gift Program. This is a Christmas gift opportunity for families in need of support during the holidays.

The Angel Tree project started in the R-S school system, but it has grown to be a program that involves many members of the community.

The Angel Tree program, which is coordinated by Alyssa Loots, has been ongoing in the Roland-Story community for the past 15 years and has grown significantly since its beginning.

Last year, there were approximately 30 families who are signed up to be in the Angel Tree program, which provided gifts for 85 kids.

Families who could use some help buying gifts for the children for Christmas have an opportunity, early in the holiday season, to fill out a wish list. Those lists are written on tags and are kept completely anonymous.

The tags are placed on various Angel Trees around town for members of the community to pick one and fulfill the needs of the family on the tag.

The gifts are purchased by donors or through donations. The children who receive the gifts might not receive gifts this holiday season without this program. The families are members of the Story City and Roland communities. The gifts are distributed to the families just before Christmas.

If you would like to be a part of the program — either to give or receive — please contact Alyssa Loots at 515-733-4386 or 515-290-9899 by Nov. 1. Family applications are available in the elementary and middle school offices. Families receiving gifts remain anonymous.

Gift lists will be distributed to donors on Nov. 17. All gifts must be delivered to Immanuel Lutheran Church by Dec. 11. Gift pick up for families will be on Dec. 20.