Angel Tree gives chance to reflect holiday spirit

From press & staff reports

The Christmas holidays have always invoked the spirit of children, reminding us of the magic and awe that Christmas brings in their lives.

This spirit is reflected in the presents that they receive. The item is not only a material desire, but also represents a spirit of giving and bringing joy into their lives. While many children will receive those gifts from their loved ones, a number of children will not receive that blessed feeling by no fault of their own.

One local organization has taken the initiative to help make sure that children in those situations receive their wish for Christmas as well.

The Winston County Junior Auxiliary is sponsoring the annual Angel Tree. The Angel Tree is located at the Winston County Library. The purpose of the Angel Tree is to match needy children with anonymous, generous donors.

This year there are over 88 children from Winston County who need to be adopted for Christmas. Usually these are the only gifts that some of the children will receive.

Persons may select a wish list and then provide items for that family. Each lists has the specifics for a child: their age and sex, gift suggestions, clothes and shoe sizes.

The gifts may be brought to the Winston County Chamber of Commerce November 14 through December 2. The drop-off times are Monday through Friday only from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For those unable to purchase a gift, the Junior Auxiliary does accept monetary donations to help purchase gifts for all those in need.