GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - There are children in foster care all over the state, and for many of them, the holiday season looks a bit different than your family's celebrations. Samaritas, the state's largest private provider of foster care, partners with Operation Good Cheer each year to help provide those children with holiday gifts.

On December 8, thousands of gifts will be arriving in Michigan for just that purpose. Planes carrying the gifts will arrive in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Jackson, Flint, and Ann Arbor to then be loaded up so that local children get the chance to get them this season.

Here's how Operation Good Cheer works. Children make a wish list of 6 gifts they would like. Then, donors buy and wrap the gifts and take them to a drop off location. From there, they are delivered to kids in different parts of the state. This year, 185 kids in Grand Rapids will receive gifts as part of the program.

Last year, Operation Christmas Cheer served more than 6,000 children in Michigan.

Mackenzie is a producer at 13 ON YOUR SIDE.

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