Amarillo Salvation Army asking parents in need to apply for 'Angel Tree' program

Amarillo Salvation Army asking parents in need to apply for 'Angel Tree' holiday program. (ABC 7 Amarillo- Jala Washington).

It's hard for Don Caple to look at his youngest son's face, realizing he has to ask for extra help to give him what he and his siblings need, or even want.

"Are you ready for Christmas?," Caple asked his son.

Caple says he once was a dad with three jobs, until an unfortunate motorcycle accident.

"I'm currently waiting for surgery on the 30th of this month," Caple said. "I lost function of my left hand a few years ago."

He says since then, times have been hard.

"Currently I am unable to work at all what so ever, and this year would've been quite difficult with the children, and getting them anything for Christmas," Caple said. "They're so young that they don't need to know our hardships."

Lieutenant Stephanie Vincent, of the Salvation Army, says stories like Caple's, are why they do what they do.

"It can be a hard time of year, -[and] it can be stressful for families, especially parents trying to make sure their kids get something," Vincent said.

The Salvation Army and its volunteers say this program is a hand-up, not a hand-out.

Helen Exner, a longtime volunteer, has adopted a child for the holidays in the past, and plans to do it again this year.

"It was fun to go pick out something for a child that you knew was going to have a good Christmas because of something you were doing," Exner said.

Caple, and other parents, wouldn't be able to give their kids the ideal Christmas holiday this year, if it weren't for program "Angel Tree."

"It would break their heart if they looked under the Christmas tree and seen nothing," Caple said. "Programs like this really help us out."

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