The Lethbridge Family Services Angel Tree campaign kicked off Nov. 14 with a heartfelt celebration at St. Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School.
“It’s such a joyous event,” said LFS CEO Sandra Mintz after hearing the excitement and eagerness to help those in need from St. Teresa students. “It takes hundreds and hundreds of people to contribute to this campaign’s success, and there is no better way to start it off than with a gymnasium full of children. And they really understand what it is all about. They know it’s about taking care of everybody at Christmas time.”
This year’s Angel Tree campaign has set ambitious goals, and Mintz said she is confident the community will respond to help those in need as they have the past 26 years.
“We’re talking about needing 7,000 gifts,” Mintz said. “Between cash donations and gifts, that’s a lot to be able to support about 2,500 families. We couldn’t possibly do it without so many people and organizations involved.”
The Angel Tree program provides Christmas gifts to local children whose families cannot afford them. The gifts also go to help Lethbridge Family Services clients who have acute needs such as refugee families who arrive over the holidays or children taken into social care over the Christmas season, confirmed Mintz.
“Nothing will get you in the spirit of Christmas better than participating in this campaign,” said Mintz. “Last year, and throughout our previous 26 Angel campaigns, the community always comes through.”
The deadline to deliver unwrapped Christmas gifts to Lethbridge Family Services is Dec. 20. Angel Trees are found throughout the community at 115 different businesses, schools and organizations.