YMCA ‘Angel Tree’ in need of do­na­tions

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ ce­cil­whig. com

— For the first time last year, ev­ery angel on the YMCA of Ce­cil County’s “Angel Tree” was adopted and or­ga­niz­ers are hop­ing for a re­peat per­for­mance this year.

The an­nual project aims to help fam­i­lies in need through an “Angel Tree” set up in the YMCA lobby. The tree has about 100 an­gels on it, each with the name of a child and a Christmas gift, said Ge­orge Patchell, ex­ec­u­tive

ELKTON

direc­tor of the YMCA.

“A lot of the time it’s sim­ple needs like cloth­ing,” he said. “For the teenagers, some just don’t want to wear the same pair of jeans ev­ery day.”

The 16 par­tic­i­pat­ing fam­i­lies were cho­sen via the list of those who re­ceive an­nual YMCA schol­ar­ships, which help those in need at­tend preschool, or be­fore and af­ter school care pro­grams of­fered by the YMCA, he said.

On Tues­day af­ter­noon, mem­bers of Busi­ness Net­work­ing In­ter­na­tional, a lo­cal busi­ness net­work­ing group, helped grant many of those Christmas wishes when they stopped by to drop- off enough do­na­tions for 50 an­gels. BNI has been help­ing with the project for the last sev­eral years.

“With this, we know the presents are go­ing un­der Christmas trees this year, in Ce­cil County,” said Steve Moon, of Moon Air in Elkton, a mem­ber of BNI, who along with Tim

Granger, of Amer­i­can Land Con­sul­tants in Elkton, helped drop off the toys.

About 40 an­gels re­main to be adopted and both BNI and the YMCA are hop­ing the com­mu­nity will come to­gether to help ful­fill these re­main­ing wishes.

Any­one who wants to par­tic­i­pate can stop by the YMCA and chose an angel — or a cou­ple — off the tree in the lobby. The YMCA would like to have all the gifts re­turned by Dec. 18 but will ac­cept them as late as Dec. 23, said El­iz­a­beth Pumpaly, YMCA child care direc­tor.

Peo­ple can also drop off checks or other do­na­tions that don’t match a spe­cific wish to go to­ward the project, Patchell said.

Af­ter all the items are gath­ered, YMCA staff mem­bers sort out the items by fam­ily for pickup. Some of the gifts will be wrapped while oth­ers will be left for the fam­i­lies to wrap them­selves, he added.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Steve Moon, of Moon Air in Elkton; YMCA Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Ge­orge Patchell, Tim Granger, of Amer­i­can Land Con­sul­tants, and El­iz­a­beth Pumpaly, YMCA child care direc­tor, pose with toys do­nated by Busi­ness Net­work­ing In­ter­na­tional in front of the YMCA’s “Angel Tree.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Steve Moon, left, of Moon Air, and Tim Granger, of Amer­i­can Land Con­sul­tants, pose with toys that Busi­ness Net­work­ing In­ter­na­tional do­nated to the YMCA “Angel Tree” project.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Steve Moon, of Moon Air, and YMCA Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Ge­orge Patchell un­load toys that will go to­ward the YMCA’s “Angel Tree” project.

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