With four more days left until the Angel Tree comes down, there are still more than one hundred tags left on the tree.
The tags have the names of Campbell River children, from ages between birth to 18-years-old, in need this holiday season.
The Downtown BIA’s Angel Tree project relies on the generosity of people in the community to pull a tag from the tree and purchase what they can of the child’s wants and needs that are listed on the tag.
The gifts are then returned to the Angel Tree – which is located in the lobby of the Discovery Inn – wrapped by volunteers, and delivered in time for Christmas.
Dawn Hamilton, who has been co-ordinating the Angel Tree for the last six years, said every year there is “a bit of panic” around the halfway mark when there are still around half of the tags left on the tree.
This year, of the 346 tags available, 186 tags had been taken as of Tuesday morning when the Mirror went to press. That left 160 tags still remaining. Hamilton noted that the amount of kids with tags is up this year over last. The kids whose names appear on the tags were selected for the Angel Tree by several local social agencies whose case workers put the children’s names forward. The age of the child is then transferred on to a tag and the cards specify the basic needs of the child such as toiletries and diapers for the babies and items such as jackets, socks and underwear. The wants are typically toys, colouring books, or games, but vary depending upon the age of the child.
The Angel Tree runs until Sunday, Dec. 7. Tags can be picked up and items dropped off at the Discovery Inn 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Thursday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.