Hand County Angel Tree gears up for another busy season of sharing

Posted November 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

The Hand County Angel Tree is ready for another busy season of assisting area families in need during the holidays.

Janice Erfman, along with her family, will again coordinate the project continuing the community tradition. Several individuals and groups have also volunteered to assist with wrapping. 

The annual project has become a big part of the holidays for the Erfman family. “Giving is what Christmas is all about,” said Janice, “and I truly enjoy the opportunity to help make the holidays special for children who otherwise may not experience the joy of the season.”

The project is also a way for the Erfman family to give back to a community that has been so supportive and encouraging through Dave’s journey with cancer and ongoing side effects.

For those anxious to start their holiday shopping, the Angel Tree, located at Midwest Supply Toyland, is filled with cards waiting for some caring hearts. 

Janice explains that there are many reasons why families may find themselves hurting financially and dreading the upcoming holiday season.

Through the Angel Tree, the community has the opportunity to share with others. Many individuals, families, organizations and businesses who support the Angel Tree like the fact that it is a local project which assists children in Hand County.

The application process is simple and strictly confidential. Applicants are asked to list the child’s name, gender, special interests/needs that will help the “angel” find the perfect gift.

Sizes are also critical when requesting clothing. A contact person and phone number must be included for the gift pick up.

The process for the “angel” is just as easy. Simply choose a card from the Angel Tree and shop for that child. Unwrapped gifts must be returned to the Angel Tree at Midwest Supply with the cards attached by Friday, Dec. 13.

New cards are added as names are received, so keep checking even if they are gone the first time you try. If you don’t like to shop, cash donations are welcome and Janice will shop for you.

If you have a child or know of a child, newborn through high school, that might need an extra sparkle this holiday season, call 853-2313 as soon as possible. Application forms are also available at the Hand County Health Nurse’s office and Midwest Supply Toyland.