The Lanark County Child and Family Services and OPP angel tree program is at year 30, and has seen the number of “angels”, children affiliated with the Lanark County Child and Family Services rise close to 600. 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 the last 10 years. They are; Wowfit, Albany, Eaton, Perth Town Hall, Perth Hospital and Lanark County Administration located in Perth, and OPP East Region Headquarters and the OPP Provincial Communications Centre in Smith Falls. This year Walmart in Carleton Place also hosted a tree.
Thanks to the elementary schools and High Schools that participated. Many students pooled money in their classrooms and then purchased gifts for an angel. 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 where numerous hand knitted items were donated to keep children warm!
We couldn’t have managed transporting all the gifts from their locations without the assistance of Lanark County Crime Stoppers. They were instrumental with loaning their truck and trailer to assist with picking the multitude of gifts up.
Last but not least, a huge thanks to everyone who took the time to retrieve an angel and purchase a gift. Due to your generosity close to 600 children will have an extra special Christmas.
Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New year!