An­gel Tree up­date: 82 An­gels adopted, 52 to go

Porterville Recorder - - FRONT PAGE - BILL PAR­SONS

When the Recorder staff be­gan dis­cussing the idea of an An­gel Tree for this hol­i­day sea­son, we ini­tially thought we’d re­ceive about 50 boys and girls to ‘adopt’ to a giv­ing com­mu­nity mem­ber.

It turns out that num­ber is quite a bit big­ger, but so are the hearts of Porter­ville res­i­dents.

Since last Thurs­day, we have had 82 ‘An­gels’ adopted. We are so thank­ful, but we still have 52 more to go, and the dead­line to help these spe­cial chil­dren is com­ing up quickly. We need to have all the gifts back by De­cem­ber 14 in or­der to get them de­liv­ered in time for Christ­mas. So please, if you have not come in and picked up your An­gel, please do so. We do not want to have any of the An­gels not be picked.

We need your help. Christ­mas is such a won­der­ful time of the year, and what makes it even more won­der­ful are those that give so that oth­ers will have a Merry Christ­mas. I have seen how giv­ing the Porter­ville area is just in the past few months that I have been the Pub­lisher of the Recorder.

Be­cause of your ef­forts, 82 boys and girls (and count­ing) will have a hap­pier Christ­mas. Be­cause you cared, these chil­dren will have a rea­son to smile on that most spe­cial of days.

Please stop by to­day, 52 more chil­dren need you. I know you will not let them down. My prayer is that your days will be brighter, your Christ­mas mer­rier and your life blessed be­cause you cared enough to help those that could not help them­selves.

RECORDER PHOTO BY CHIEKO HARA

Your An­gel hangs on a branch of the An­gel Tree in the Recorder of­fice lobby.

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