The Angel Tree program launched their annual Christmas Angel Campaign, which aims to meet the needs of over 300 local children who otherwise may not experience the joy of Christmas. For over 30 years, the Angel Campaign has been working in partnership with local Food Banks, Salvation Army and other organizations to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families.
Many families in need have signed up for the Campaign this year and you can drop by the Angel Campaign office to pick an angel off the tree if you would like to support a child this Christmas. Each angel tells you a little about a child; including their age and favourite things in order to help you choose a gift you think would make the child’s Christmas a merrier one.
In addition to gifts for the children, the family also receives a Christmas food hamper so non-perishable food donations are very welcome. The generous residents of Harmony House have turned in their shopping for four angels, along with lots of groceries.
Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, businesses and organization, last year’s Christmas Angel Campaign was able to raise over $20,000 which helped to create a happier holiday season for 365 local children within 164 families.
Long-time organizer of the Christmas Angel Campaign, Susan Rose, expressed her appreciation to the many members of the community who have continued to support the Campaign for the past several years. “On behalf of the children and families who benefitted from the assistance provided by our community, I thank all of you for helping to make this a better, brighter Christmas for those in need.”
The Angel Campaign also provides talented local youth opportunities to perform and be heard. Last week, local performers sang and played music at the seventh annual Kids Helping Kids concert and raised $850 for the Angel Campaign.
There are still a number of angels on the tree who have not been chosen for assistance and all donations will go a long way to making a positive and lasting difference in the lives of children and youth throughout our local communities.
Visit the Angel Campaign office at the Benson Hall in Picton from 10am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday or call 613-848-7187 for details on how you can help.