Altus Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle Campaign

Altus Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle Campaign

ALTUS, Okla._The Altus Salvation Army kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign with the first official donation made by Altus Mayor Jack Smiley Friday.

Mayor Smiley was joined by his wife, Mindy, who adopted the first angel of the year. The Angel Tree program started in 1979 and is aimed at ensuring all children are able to receive gifts each Christmas. Mayor Smiley says that most people don't realize how many children are in need in just the city of Altus.

"People don't understand the number of kids. There are actually kids who are practically homeless. We have 406 kids in the Angel [Tree] program this year. So, they will see that those kids get something for Christmas," Mayor Smiley said.

You can make a donation anywhere you see the red kettles outside of select businesses. The Angel Tree program officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving.