The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Angel Tree fulfills Christmas wishes

Community can help struggling families during holidays


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Sheila Jordan of CVTC added yet more ornaments Monday to the Angel Tree at the Post Office. The ornaments bear the age, gender and Christmas wishes of individual Valdez children in need.

In 1843 Charles Dickens wrote " is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices."

That is the premise behind the Angel Tree.

The timeless philosophy plucked from the pages of the classic "A Christmas Carol" reminds those who have that sharing with those less fortunate at Christmas brings reward to all. The Angel Tree provides a great opportunity for those who have with abundance to share with those struggling during the holiday season.

The Angel Tree is supported by Santa's Workshop, and Sheila Jordan - with the help of her employer, Copper Valley Telecom - have worked tirelessly for over a decade to facilitate program that connects needy children with Christmas present donors.

The Angel Tree in Valdez is set up at the Valdez Post Office and it is loaded with ornaments that bear the age and Christmas wishes of youngsters in need this holiday season.

"I have lots more," Jordan said Monday as she added 10 more tags to the tree, which was already loaded with needs. "There's lots more."

It is easy to participate in the program. Simply choose an ornament on the tree, which lists the age, gender, interests and needs of a local child. The donor buys and wraps gifts, and brings them back to place under the tree.

The earlier folks who have a little extra take an ornament and return it, the better Jordan said, though it often comes down to the wire.

"People go shopping up until the last minute," Jordan said as she fussed over the tree.

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Seventh grader Macy Hansen of Gilson Middle School presented a check for over $1000 to the Valdez Food Bank and Valdez United Way at the board of education meeting Monday. The money was raised by students at the school, which started as a modest fundraiser challenging students to raise one hundred dollars in pennies to support the food bank. Well done.

Do you have something to spare this holiday season but no time to shop? The organization also accepts cash donations.

"I will take tags off and shop" as needed Jordan said.

Continuing a trend that began a few years back, the number of children in need in Valdez has grown from last year, making donations of gifts or monetary contributions even more critical.

"It's really nice that Copper Valley supports this," Jordan said. "It really is."

It's great that Valdez supports it too. How about you?


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