Angel Tree Benefit: Providing Christmas for Families for Over 10 Years
Nov 28, 2016 05:52PM
● By Melanie Heisinger
The Angel Tree Program has been around for over 10 years and has been getting more successful every year. Put on by the Kennedale Professional Firefighters Association, this program brings to families and children, "Angels," the gifts and basic items that they aren't able to provide themselves.
On average, the program provides Christmas gifts for 150-200 Angels a year. Their main goal is to provide school uniforms, everyday clothes, winter clothes and coats, as well as toys. All of this is given to Angels that would otherwise go without a Christmas if it were not for the program.
There are multiple ways for someone to help out. One of the easiest ways is to "adopt" an Angel. What this means is that you will be provided with a wish list for someone specific, and it's up to you to get your choice of the items on that list. These applications for families to fill out for their Angels wish list has already begun, and these applications have to be turned in by November 28th, 2016 and then they are available for adoption.
Another way to assist with this amazing program is through specific donations. There are numerous items the Kennedale Firefighters Association purchases for the program that are not necessary gifts for the Angels but are needing items to make the Angels Christmas memorable; like tape, wrapping paper, bows, boxes, bags and stickers.
Lastly, financial donations are incredibly beneficial. Some businesses and people alike are able to do this very easily and it makes a huge difference to the Union.
As stated earlier, the program has grown and has called on numerous volunteers that help with sorting, packaging and last minute purchases. Typically, a group of about 20-30 volunteers contribute their time on the final days, and lunch is provided for them. More volunteers are always welcome.
Any family within Kennedale ISD can apply through Monday, November 28th. Visit www.cityofkennedale.com/angel or stop by the Fire Station (100 Cloverlane Drive; behind Delaney Elementary) for more information.
There are also info cards on the tree in Kennedale City Hall and the Kennedale Library, and the program will have a booth at the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on Tuesday, December 6, if you'd like to donate or adopt!