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