The Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau’s Angels Anonymous tree will be set up in Dairy Queen on Saturday (Nov. 29), giving community members the chance to fulfill a child’s Christmas wishes.
Cards on the tree will list a child’s gender, age and gift request. Community members are encouraged to take a card from the tree, purchase the gift listed on it, and bring it back to Dairy Queen before the Dec. 8 deadline.
“Some children don’t get anything all year long, so Christmas is a good time to supply them with a new item or toy they were looking for,” said Christmas Bureau co-ordinator Giselle Campbell. “It helps our economy, it supports our community, it helps the people right in our own back yard and it strengthens our community as a whole.”
Only new items are accepted, as the program operates with the belief that all children are entitled to a new gift on Christmas morning, regardless of their family’s financial standing.
To ensure that each child’s wishes are fulfilled, shoppers from the program will purchase any gifts remaining after the deadline. For that reason, cash donations to the program are also accepted.
“Cash donations are always nice too, because then we are able to run out and get those (remaining) items,” said Campbell.
Wrapping paper and gift bags are also collected by the program, as gifts are wrapped by parents before being given to their children.
Gifts items can be dropped off at Dairy Queen between Nov. 29 and Dec. 8. Cash donations can be made in person at the Sylvan Lake Servus Credit Union or at Community Partners.
The Christmas Bureau’s Registration Day takes place tomorrow (Nov. 28) from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. at the north end of the Scotiabank building in Hewlett Park Landing.