You can become an angel

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By John Whitlock

Where do a angels come from?

I’m not talking about the heavenly host or female detectives from a cheesy ’70s TV show.

The angels in question are the ones who look out for the less fortunate in our community.

Angels don’t need the spotlight and don’t seek recognition for their good deeds.

An angel is content to touch the lives of people in need and ease their pain through simple gestures of caring and concern.

Are you an angel?

I, for one, am certainly not but from time to time, I try.

You don’t have to be a perfect person to care. Even all us sinners can be angels too.

Each year, the News-Herald sponsors an angel tree in the lobby of our office. The tree is covered with cards that contain information about a needy child in our community with one special request.

We’ve had the tree up for a couple of weeks now and a lot of the Christmas wishes are gone  – taken away by anonymous angels who want to help.

I started reading some of the requests. I figured there would be a lot of video games, Bratz dolls, Batman action figures or Transformers.

But what I found would break the heart of the Grinch – even if it was two sizes too small.

Sure, there were a few toy requests but for the most part, these children were asking for the basics – shoes, shirts and coats.

I felt a little ashamed of myself to be honest. I had underestimated those kids.

“White dress shirt for church.”

“Winter coat.”

“New tennis shoes, size 7.”

Hardly a Transformer wish to be found.

Despite the tough economy, there are so many of us who have so much. Even if we don’t drive a new car, have a 52-inch plasma TV or vacation in Mexico, the day-to-day needs of most Americans are met.

 If there is ever a time to stop, look around and see what you can do to help your neighbor, Christmas is the time to do it.

It doesn’t even take much time.

Stop by our office at 152 W. Bryant Street, across from the courthouse and pick up an Angel Tree card from our tree.

The next time you are out looking for the perfect present for the perfect friend or family member, pick up an extra present for a perfect stranger.

Then wrap the gift up and attach the Angel Tree card and drop it off at our office.

With most people worried about the economy and what the future holds, it’s more important than ever that we band together to lend each other a hand.

For more information about the Angel Tree program, call the News-Herald at (502)-484-3431