Christmas presents for underprivileged teens registration opens

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A local nonprofit in Bowling Green is once again helping out teens this Christmas.

Teen Angel helps out families every year to shop for Christmas presents for teenagers who might otherwise not get any.

From now through November 12th, parents along with anyone else can apply their teenagers online. Applicants start at age 13 ranging to anyone enrolled in a Bowling Green City School or a Warren County Public school.

People can check the Teen Angel website to read the requirements for registration and make sure they submit all the correct clothes sizes there when applying.

Last year, Bowling Green residents registered over 200 teenagers for the program. Volunteer and outreach coordinator Joshua Smith said this is the very high number of applicants mostly likely results from the pandemic.  

“You know, [with] kids, it’s all about toys, and it’s all about fun things,” said Smith. “The teens, and what we found over – this is our 12th Christmas providing assistance – is that they just want to fit in at school. So, it’s the shirt, it’s the coats, it’s the shoes, it’s the backpacks, it’s things like that. Not really so much technology, though we always get those requests. We tried to do a few other things as well so it’s not just closing, but that’s typically what our teams really want.”

Smith said Teen Angel also needs volunteers to buy and donate to make these teens’ Christmas dreams come true. People looking to help out or register can do so on their website.