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Update: We appreciate all of you who have adopted wish lists this year. Thanks to that support, all of our wish lists are filled.


We are still taking donations 

for our Angel Fund, which helps our clients directly throughout the year. 

What is Paper Angels? 

Paper Angels is a campaign, now in its 15th year, to assure that every child served by Child and Family Services has gifts under their Christmas tree. Generous community members accept wish lists from each child or family, and fills those lists from their own hearts and pockets. The knowledge that someone they don’t even know cares enough for them to give them that piece of Christmas brings love and hope and is often paid forward. 
Paper Angels has been generously sponsored by WTCM from the beginning, when Jack O’Malley heard the song of the same name by Jimmy Wayne that recalled the singer’s memories of Christmas in foster care. Jack thought it would make a perfect Christmas giving program and brought the idea to CFS, and we’ve been partners on it ever since. Last year, over 900 wish lists were filled by WTCM’s and CFS’ big-hearted friends. 

Important Dates

  • November 2- Campaign officially begins. Wish Lists have been gathered by case managers for clients and are ready to be filled. Donors may request Wish Lists

  • Friday, December 4, 2020 drop off from 3-6pm. 

  • Saturday, December 5, 2020 drop off from11am - 2 pm.

  • Sunday, December 6, drop off from 11 am to 2 pm. 

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 2.

There are several changes in 2020 due to Covid restrictions. The CFS lobby is closed. To accomodate this, we are extending our typical one day drop off day into three days over the weekend of December 3, 4, and 5. If you can not make those drop off dates, you can arrange to drop off at a specific time by contacting us. Please follow social distancing protocols when dropping off your gifts.

In addition, we are reducing the number of lists that will be filled this year. We are concentrating primarily on CFS children that are clients, and their siblings. 

We hope to make this event a success in our 15th year, despite these challenges. Thank you for your support!

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Due to Covid precautions, we are limiting the number of lists we fill this year, as well as the number of volunteers. We want to ensure a successful event while maintaining social distancing. Thank you for understanding!

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...

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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.

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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.

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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.