Applications are now available for Angel Tree, the program that makes sure no little angel will be left with nothing under the tree come Christmas morning.
“It’s a tradition that John Shapperd and I wanted to keep going,” said organizer Jennifer Isaac.
Angel Tree, which is going into its 20th year in Golden, was originally supported by the Kinettes. Two years ago they were unable to continue it, so Isaac decided to continue with it on her own, with some help from TRU Hardware.
“Angel Tree is a program where people can pick up applications for kids 18 and under, who may need a little extra something at Christmas,” said Isaac. “We put a tree up at TRU Hardware, and people can come by, pick an ‘angel’ off the tree, and buy a gift.”
All information pertaining to the “angels” and the gift givers will be kept confidential. Anyone wishing to sign up an “angel” can just go to the Golden Women’s Centre, the Food Bank, or the Government Agents Office to pick up an application, then drop it off again at the Government Agents Office before Dec. 13.
Gifts can be purchased until Dec. 20, and organizers are asking that the price of all gifts be kept around $30 to $50 at the most to keep it fair for all the children participating.
Last year Isaac was thrilled with the turnout, and had gifts bought for 70 children in Golden.
“Sometimes it can be hard to make sure no ‘angels’ are left on the tree. Last year we had six left, so we challenged some of the stores to purchase some gifts, and I challenged some of my friends,” she said.
“One way or another, all the kids are taken care of.”