An­gel Tree up­date: Over 100 an­gels adopted so far

Porterville Recorder - - FRONT PAGE - By MATTHEW SARR [email protected]­villere­corder.com

We here at The Recorder con­tinue to be im­pressed and hum­bled at the out­pour­ing of sup­port and Christ­mas cheer our com­mu­ni­ties have shown by com­ing down to our of­fice and adopt­ing an­gels from our An­gel Tree.

As of 5 p.m. Fri­day, 107 of the 140 an­gels we have hung on the tree in our lobby have been adopted by com­mu­nity mem­bers who are will­ing to give the gifts of com­fort and joy to chil­dren in need this hol­i­day.

In ad­di­tion to kind-hearted in­di­vid­u­als adopt­ing an­gels, sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses have got­ten in on the good­will as well. Busi­nesses like Franklin and As­so­ciates and Hansen Travel have come in and adopted sev­eral an­gels each, and em­ploy­ees from the Tule River Tribal Health Clinic adopted 16 an­gels.

We are es­pe­cially grate­ful to Set­ton Pis­ta­chio, who pre­sented The Recorder with a check on Fri­day morn­ing for $500 go to­ward an­gel gifts.

If you haven’t heard about our An­gel Tree yet, here’s how it works: each an­gel or­na­ment on the An­gel Tree at our of­fice at 115 E. Oak Ave. in Porter­ville rep­re­sents a boy or girl in our com­mu­nity whose fam­ily could re­ally use a hand with gift pur­chases this hol­i­day sea­son. On the back of each an­gel is the child’s name and gen­der, as well as their shoe size, shirt size and pant size.

Sim­ply pick an an­gel to adopt, pur­chase and wrap what­ever gifts you want to give them, and have them back to the Recorder of­fice by De­cem­ber 14 so we can get them to their fam­i­lies in time for Christ­mas.

We can­not ex­press how happy we are here at the Recorder that our An­gel Tree has al­ready been so suc­cess­ful in its first year, but we want to be sure that ev­ery an­gel knows their com­mu­nity cares for them.

So if you haven’t al­ready, please con­sider com­ing down and adopt­ing an an­gel to­day. Few things feel bet­ter than a gift given to some­one who could use a hand dur­ing tough times, and we know there is no short­age of good­will and hol­i­day cheer in Porter­ville.

RECORDER PHOTO BY ALEXIS ESPINOZA

Jeff Gibbons, the Grow Re­la­tions Man­ager for Set­ton Farms, hand Josie Chap­man of the Porter­ville Recorder a $500 do­na­tion to help buy gifts for the Recorder’s An­gel Tree chil­dren.

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