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Angel Tree Project moving forward

Seventeen volunteers from the community gathered at the Nurturing Center on Oct. 17 to map out a strategic plan for the 2011 Angel Tree Project.

What was decided is that the project cannot be an exact match to what was done in the past by Operation Helping Hand, but that, nonetheless, it would bring blessings to the many families who will receive a “Christmas Box” from the Salvation Army’s local Service Extension Unit.

What the 17 of us know for certain is that it will take many more than our small circle to make this project a success. We know that God will meet the needs of this project through the generosity of this community.

Last year, we were graciously supported by many of the local churches, Rotarians, City Market, the women’s club, Kiwanis, Chamber members, Girl and Boy Scouts, independent businesses, Archuleta County employees, the sheriff’s department and many generous individuals.

We are not only asking you to donate funds, food and gifts, but also your time. There are many tasks large and small you can help with, like helping coordinate volunteers, collecting food/gift donations, or sorting and organizing those gifts. You can fill boxes with food and gifts. You can assist with distributing the boxes. You can help raise funds for these special Christmas projects, and the ongoing work of the Salvation Army by ringing bells during the Red Kettle Campaign. You can even make phone calls to coordinate bell ringers.

Registration for the boxes will begin Oct. 31. Families can register at the Department of Human Services 551 Hot Springs Blvd. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 264-2182, or at the Nurturing Center Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 507-7093.

Here are the basic guidelines for the program:

• Individuals, as well as families, can register to receive a Christmas Meal Box .

• Families with children 0-18 years of age, can register their children to receive gifts.

• Seniors 60-plus can register to receive gifts.

Please volunteer your time. Find out how you can help by contacting Carla Elliott, 749-6514 celliott@archuletacounty.org, or Lily Tarbet, 507-7093 archuletacosalvationarmy@gmail.com.

In order to fill all the gift requests, we ask that those generous souls who want to buy more than what is on the Angel Tree tags, would kindly take additional requests from the Angel Tree instead of buying more for one individual, or donate funds to fill unmet needs.

Donations for Christmas Box and Angel Tree Project can be mailed to Salvation Army-ACSEU P.O. Box 1567 Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

One-hundred percent of all funds received in the form of a check, will be used in Archuleta County. The Archuleta County Service Extension Unit has no paid staff.

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