What is Paper Angels? 

Paper Angels is a campaign, now in its 14th year, which began with Jack O’Malley and WTCM. A reference to the country music song by Jimmy Wayne that recalls the singer’s memories of Christmas in foster care—encouraged the northwestern Michigan community to accept a wish list from each child or family currently being served by Child and Family Services’ programs, and fill those lists from their own hearts and pockets.  Many families, businesses, and individuals now make Paper Angels their holiday tradition by giving back to those less fortunate.

Jimmy Wayne performs "Paper Angels"

Important Dates

  • November 11- Campaign officially begins. Wish Lists have been gathered by case managers for clients and are ready to be filled. Donors may request Wish Lists

  • December 7- Harbor Springs drop off day. Please deliver unwrapped items by this date to the HS office.

  • December 14 - Traverse City office drop off day. WTCM will be present and airing on location, as well as a visit from Santa!

Ready to shop?

Click below to adopt a Wish List! 

Or call

231-946-8975 x1046 in Traverse City area or 231-347-4463 in

Harbor Springs.

  Please leave a message and a volunteer will return your call!

Please note, lists will not be ready until NOVEMBER 11.

A major component of the Paper Angels Campaign is our volunteers. With over 900 lists to fill, it takes a lot of hands to ensure all the requests get filled and to where they need to go. We would love to have you volunteer with us!

Not a shopper? We are ALWAYS grateful for cash donations, which allow us to buy gifts for children who may come into care very close to Christmas, or to honor birthdays, a great report card, or just because, all year round. Click below to make a donation now to support the “Angel Fund."

It's all about giving back...

Susan* is a single mom raising two daughters, two nephews and a niece. She couldn’t believe all the packages that came her way through Paper Angels. In the middle of a long workday, she popped open the trunk of her car expecting to be brought a small bag with some knick-nack stocking-stuffers for all her kids to share. Instead she watched as large bag after large bag was carried toward her car, eventually packing it to the gills. After the third bag or so, she covered her mouth and blinked back tears. “I just can’t believe it,” she said. “God has brought so many good people into our lives.”

Angela* is a young mom with limited resources raising four kids–two of whom struggle with special challenges. She made sure to wait and pick up her Paper Angels gifts while her kids were not around. Even her oldest, a teenager, still believes in Santa. Every Paper Angel donation became a gift from Santa Claus this year, helping to keep the magic of Christmas alive for a loving family of little financial means.

Alex and Rebecca have two children. Alex recently hit a financial low, and although he did not want anything for himself or his wife, he cried when he received the Christmas gifts for his children. He gives back whenever he can by helping others.

Many of our families would not have a Christmas without Paper Angels. Thank you for your support!

Samantha, age 9, received a guitar for Christmas from her Paper Angel. She was in disbelief!  She is a naturally gifted girl and loves to sing and play her guitar. She cried when she opened her present. I wish you could see her play!

Steve* is a single father of two. He was very humbled and grateful for the support he received for his family this year. He works 12-hour days, six days a week for minimum wage but continues going to work to support his family, regardless of weather. Very, very grateful.


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