‘Adopt An Angel’ tree back

For many, one of the greatest joys of Christmas is the sense of wonder children experience when they see a present under the tree with their name on it.
But sadly, some youngsters go through the holiday season without getting a chance to have that kind of magic moment.
Family and Children’s Services of Rainy River District wants to help change that once again by holding its “Adopt An Angel” program in conjunction with Wal-Mart here.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to help out children in the community,” said Jacquee Loerzel, children’s mental health counsellor for FACS, adding she’d like to thank Wal-Mart for allowing the agency to set up the angel tree this past Saturday.
This year’s tree has 100 angels on it—anonymously representing the foster children and others being served by FACS who could benefit from some extra joy at Christmas.
These children live in communities from Atikokan to Rainy River.
Loerzel said the program works as follows:
•Pick an angel from the tree (each angel has a pretend name of a child on it, as well as their age and gender).
•Each child will have identified what they would like for Christmas on their angel (this item is to be purchased at Wal-Mart).
•When you have picked out your angel’s items, bring them to the cash register and identify that you’ll be purchasing a gift for the angel you’ve selected.
•The cashier will complete your purchase and place the angel and gift into a shopping bag, then place the bag in a safe area to be picked up later by a FACS worker.
•The gifts will be delivered to the children in time for Christmas.
The FACS “Adopt An Angel” program has been running for four years, the last three of which have been at Wal-Mart (the first year was at SAAN).
Each year has been a success, usually seeing each “angel” adopted in time for Christmas.
Anyone with questions about the “Adopt An Angel” program can call Loerzel at 274-7787 ext. 263.