Usually, by this time in December, the Angel Trees at U.S. and Farmers Banks have been emptied of virtually all of the tags placed to make sure that a needy child has gifts of clothing and toys for Christmas.
This year, however, many more kids have been signed up for the program, and participants are have been unusually slow to respond, says organizer LaNette Parker.
Describing the Angel Tree’s situation as “urgent,” Parker says more than 100 tags remain, awaiting donors. Each tag includes the age, gender and size of the child for whom the donor will shop.
“Last year, we helped 195 kids,” says Parker. “This year, 300 have signed up.”
Monetary donations are also being accepted, Parker says.
“They can just leave a donation at the banks stating it is for Angel Tree, says Parker, who says she is “just overwhelmed with how many tags are left this year.”
To participate, visit U.S. Bank or Farmers Bank, or contact Parker at 319-521-1496.