Looking for angels

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Annual holiday program provides gifts and necessities to needy Owen County children

By Molly Haines

Dozens of children in Owen County are looking for a few angels to help make Christmas brighter this year.
Although the children remain nameless, Owen countians go out of their way each year to help a child in need, either by sponsoring an entire family or picking a child from the county’s angel tree.
Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Judy Hetterman said the project began approximately 25 years ago and countless businesses, churches and organizations have stepped up to help make everyone’s Christmas merry.
“It started because a lot of people were double-dipping,” Hetterman said. “They would go to multiple churches and agencies to get help and then there would be some that would receive no help. It’s coordinated now so that you only get help from one location.”
To receive full sponsorship, families were required to take educational money management classes and a “Small Steps to Health and Wellness” class. The classes were held throughout the year.
Hetterman said if families requesting help did not take the classes, their children were moved to the angel tree.
The angel tree has 18 children this year, but Hetterman said she expects more to come in within the next week.
The angel tree tags are once again available at the News-Herald office.
Those who wish to support the angel tree can stop by the News-Herald office at 154 West Bryan Street, Suite 1, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The News-Herald office is located next door to its old office.
Those who take a tag must sign their name, address, phone number and the number of the tag taken.
Gifts should be returned to the News-Herald office by Dec. 14.
Several agencies are involved in the Angel Tree, including Family Resources, Youth Services, Department for Family and Children, Three Rivers, Owen County Head Start and Northern Kentucky Community Action Agency.