The Lanark County Child and Family Services and OPP angel tree program is at year 29, and has seen the number of “angels”, children affiliated with the Lanark County Child and Family Services rise to over 570. However every single angel tag representing one of those children was picked up at a tree location and a gift purchased. Our community came through once again as they have every year!
The Lanark County Child and Family Services and the Lanark County OPP would like to thank all our Lanark County municipal offices and the Pakenham library who have hosted angel trees as far back as the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
An additional thanks to our community partners who joined the program in more recent years. They are; Wowfit in Perth and Ladies Under Construction in Almonte, Albany, Eaton, Perth Town Hall and Lanark County Administration located in Perth, and OPP East Region Headquarters and the OPP Provincial Communications Centre in Smith Falls.
Thanks also to the elementary schools and High Schools that participated. Many students pooled money in their classrooms and then purchased gifts for an angel. The schools included; The Stewart School, St. Johns, and Drummond Central elementary schools, and Notre Dame and St.Johns H.S. The student participation was a welcome and overwhelming success.
An added thanks to all the organizations including the Montague Forget Me Not Seniors Club, and Barnabe’s Independent who hosted a mitten tree, where numerous hand knitted items were donated to keep children warm!