Angel Tree organizer Jennifer Isaac and John Shapperd

Children get a wonderful surprise during Christmas season

Angel Tree is up and running for another holiday season.

The snow is starting to cap our beautiful mountains, and the Christmas season is getting closer.

This means that Angel Tree is up and running for another holiday season. The annual program provides gifts for children whose families may not otherwise be able to provide them.

“I had been in Kinetts for 12 years, and I did the program for about five years. I’m always doing something with kids,” said Jennifer Isaac, organizer of Angel Tree. “When Kinetts shut down I decided it was something that still needed to be done.”

Families who need help getting a Christmas gift for their child can go to The Food Bank, the Government Agents Office or the Golden Women’s Resource Centre to pick up an application, fill it out, and then drop it off at the Government Agents Office.

The information provided will be out on the tree (which goes up in TRU Hardware on Nov. 17). All the names of the “Angels” and the gift givers will remain confidential.

Anyone who wishes to help out can go into the hardware store and pick an angel off the tree, and buy them a Christmas gift. The gifts will be for children ages 18 and under, and should cost between $30 and $50.

“It’s lots of fun. Chaos, but fun,” said Isaacs. “Last year it was kind of quiet for the first little while, then in the last couple of weeks it doubled. The day before Christmas I was delivering. Usually we like to do it at least four or five days before so they’re under the tree for a few days.”

Applications for the Angel Tree are available from Oct. 29 to Dec. 17. They will be accepting applications until Dec. 19, and ask that all gifts be provided by Dec. 21 at the latest.

“I understand the rush of the project this year, but I’m confident our community can do this,” said Isaac.