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Angel Tree is a way to bring Christmas cheer to needy Valdez families

Program helps kids in Valdez and Glennallen have a little merrier Christmas


November 29, 2017

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The Angel Tree, set inside the Valdez Post Office, provides a way to help needy children in Valdez during the Christmas holidays.

Santa's helpers have set up the Angel Tree at the Valdez post office in hopes that the community will help Santa.

The Angel Tree is supported by Santa's Workshop - disguised as Sheila Jordan - with the help of her employer, Copper Valley Telecom. Together, they have worked tirelessly for over a decade to facilitate the 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.

A tree set up at the grocery store in Glennallen serves the same purpose and helps families have a merrier Christmas in the Copper Basin.

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.

"We're up to 42 families last year," Jordan said in an interview Tuesday morning, as she worked at creating new ornaments.

The earlier donors take an ornament and return it, the better Jordan said, though it often comes down to the wire.

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

"We take cash donations from the community," Jordan said, noting that the Eagles Club and the Ladies Auxiliary donated $1,000 to the cause this year.

"Five hundred dollars from each," she said.

Families in need are treated with dignity according to Jordan.

"There's no criteria," she said regarding proving need or documenting hardship.

If you need information on giving or receiving, contract Sheila at 835-7760.


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