It’s better to give...
Recently, Connor Joly bought a remote controlled helicopter to give away as a Christmas present.
The Grade 2 Maxville Public School student doesn’t know who the recipient will be yet. All he knows is that his gift was placed under the Angel Tree in the village’s new Home Hardware store.
It was Mona André, young Connor’s grandmother, who urged the boy to make the sacrifice, telling him that Santa likes it when people give gifts to those who are less fortunate.
So now, Connor is hoping his friends, and anyone who might be reading this, will follow the example and place a Christmas gift under the Home Hardware Angel Tree.
Kelly Zollinger, assistant manager at the Home Hardware outlet, says this is the third year the store has organized the Angel Tree program.
“The tree is always a favourite with the community in helping put a smile on a child's face at Christmas,” she says. “This is one of my favourite events to volunteer for.”
The Angel Tree has children's gender and age on different ornaments, so no names are ever known. Anyone may swing by and choose an angel from the tree. “We ask that the angels be returned to the store no later than Dec. 10, so they can be delivered in time for Christmas,” says Ms. Zollinger.
ANGEL TREE: Connor Joly, 7, hands a remote-controlled helicopter to Kelly Zollinger, Assistant Manager of Maxville’s Home Hardware, for the store’s Angel Tree giveaway. Standing next to the pair is Connor’s grandfather, Jerome André.