Local response to the Angel Tree project has been overwhelming at many levels, coordinator Debbie Ross said Thursday.
“There have been so many applicants, and such a response from the community,” she said. “Trees were bare quickly, with Angels finding their way into area homes. We keep refilling the trees. About 300 children will celebrate Christmas this year because of the help of Angel Tree.”
Presents are being collected next week, to be distributed Dec. 16. There are still some Angels available.
“I want to encourage shoppers to visit Walmart, Walgreens and Hobby Lobby to check out their trees, with the hope that we do not leave anyone behind,” Ross said.
“As I started this project as a volunteer, I was taken by the numbers of families looking for assistance. However, as the Angels have been adopted. I am touched by the caring nature of the community. If you have not already adopted an angel, please do so,” Ross said.
Those who adopt an angel will find the drop-off location on the Angel Tree Tag. Gifts can be delivered to that address from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tags on Angel Trees may still be available at other locations, too, but most of them are taken. Many of the churches, Equity Bank, Cherokee Strip Credit Union, Tractor Supply, First National Bank, Phillips 66, Carbon Black, and Northern Oklahoma College have Angel Trees.
What happens if someone takes an angel and cannot fill the request at this time? Simply return it to the tree.
“We will let them stay on the tree a little longer, but hope to be wrapping this adventure up soon. They can also call the Angel Tree number at (580) 304-3743 if they have questions,” Ross said.