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Angel Trees are sprouting up around the Valley

by Rosemarie Middendorf, Special to the R-C

It’s beginning to look like Christmas as Angel Trees begin to appear. Project Santa Claus has arranged for a number of Christmas trees in Carson Valley to be decorated with paper angels, each bearing the first name, age, gender, size of the child and choice of either a toy or an item of clothing.

The trees are located at the following places: In Minden at Heidi’s Family Restaurant, 1595 Highway 395, and Taylor-York Salon, 1662 Highway 395; and in Gardnerville at Carson Valley Pharmacy, 1532 Highway 395; Wells Fargo Bank, 1542 Highway 395; Raley’s Supermarket and Drug Center, 1363 Highway 395; Crystal Kaleidoscope, 1333 Highway 395; Scolari’s Food and Drug Company, 1335 Highway 395; Rite Aid Drug, 1329 Highway 395; Carson Valley Medical Center, 1107 Highway 395; and Carson Valley Garden and Ranch Supply, 1144 Highway 395.

Members of the community are asked to select a paper angel and purchase and wrap a gift, attach the paper angel to the front of the package for identification purposes and return the gift to the location where the angel was selected before Dec. 18.

Providing a gift for a child makes you a sponsor for that child. It is a wonderful way to share the joy of Christmas. Involving youngsters in the selection of the angel and looking for the gift is a great way to expose children to kindness to others.

Project Santa Claus operates under the auspices of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet and attempts to provide two new items to those children of families who qualify through the Douglas County Social Services. Monetary donations are always acceptable, and all contributions are tax-deductible.

All gifts will be distributed a few days before Christmas by a group of dedicated volunteers. For information regarding Project Santa Claus, call Marilyn Malkmus, director, at 782-4931.