BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A thrift store in Bangor has been keeping a Christmas tradition alive for 13 years.

The Hands for Hope Christmas Program provides assistance for kids in need during this holiday season.

They use Christmas trees to display tags with a child’s name, age and their desired Christmas gift. Many of those gifts consists of an article of clothing, bedding, or a small toy.

The trees are located throughout stores in the Greater Bangor Area—many of them at local Wal-Marts.

Shoppers are encouraged to pick a tag off of the tree and attach it to the gift before placing it back under the tree.

“We always have a problem getting people to take the older kid’s tags and a lot of those are group home children and they may only be getting what’s coming off that tree,” said Kathy Harvey, director f the program. “And so we’re asking people that they might consider going with an older child- 13, 14, 15 years old, that may be asking for pants or bedding, cause those are really tough to get pulled off the tree.”

To donate or apply for assistance, click here.