Be an angel: Angel Tree gives community a way to reach out and help children during the Christmas season

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By Molly Haines

While shopping for loved ones this holiday season, Owen countians will also have the opportunity to remember dozens of local children in need.
Over 50 tags adorn this year’s Angel Tree located at the News-Herald office and the project’s committee members are hopeful that every gift will bring smiles to those who receive them.
About 40 families received full sponsorship this year by taking classes through the Owen County Extension Office and volunteering in the community.
Project committee member Becky Mefford said those who do not meet the requirements for full sponsorship throughout the year are placed on the Angel Tree.
“The extension office takes on a lot of the paperwork aspect,” Mefford said. “But the committee makes sure families have taken their classes, have their volunteer hours and work with the families throughout the year.”
Mefford said those who are placed on the Angel Tree request their most-needed items.
“A lot are just the basics –  clothing, socks and underwear,” Mefford said. “That might not be what kids always want for Christmas, but it really does help their families out.”
Mefford said many who support the Angel Tree purchase the most-needed item but also buy a toy or two.
“These children really are in need,” Mefford said. “They’re children, their circumstances are beyond their control. By supporting the Angel Tree, you’re helping a child in need in our community. That’s what Christmas is all about. Spreading love and joy.”
Angel Tree tags can be picked up at the News-Herald office at 154 W. Bryan St., Suite 1, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Those who take a tag from the tree must sign their name, phone number and number of the tag taken to ensure that all gifts are received on time.
All gifts are due back at the News-Herald office by Friday, Dec. 13.