PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The final week to donate to the Christmas Angel Program is here.
With a stack of Christmas Angel tags in hand, Jeremy Besse and his family are spending the day shopping.
The Besse Family Foundation has been participating in the Christmas Angel program for four years. This year, the Foundation has raised over $14,000 for the program.
As a child of an Angel program, Besse vividly remembers what it was like when volunteers dropped presents off at his door one Christmas.
"Magic. It was never-ending. It was like a fairytale. You just had these people bringing in gifts and bags and toys and unwrapped toys. It was just absolutely fantastic," said Besse
Now years later, Besse is repaying the act of kindness by providing gifts for 300 Christmas Angels.
Joined by his family, friends, and more than 20 volunteers, Besse spent the day fulfilling each angel's Christmas wish list.
"As you can see it makes me emotional, knowing that we can make someone's Christmas that much brighter, where it may not have been without this foundation," said Donna Fuzi/Volunteer
After a day of shopping, 1,500 toys were purchased and donated to the Salvation Army.
"The Salvation Army is extremely grateful when a community group steps up and takes more than 300 tags and donates more than 1,500 toys. They've been shopping all day and it's an incredible effort that just warms our heart," said Scott Johnson with Salvation Army.
This week earn your wings and give the gift of Christmas to a child in need.
"The 3TV spirit of giving back. There's (sic) 52,000 kids in the Valley that need help, and their families need help, and for us to be able to provide, it's truly an honor," said Besse.