Upper Des Moines Opportunity is hosting their annual Angel Tree project to donate presents to local children.
Jamie Ragland, Hamilton County outreach specialist, said there are about 315 angels submitted by 121 families this year. That number is about the same from 125 families that signed up for the program last year.
Residents who signed up and asked for donations from the project before the Nov. 26 deadline submitted the age, gender, clothing choices and a wish list for their children to be written on an angel. People interested in donating items can pick up an angel at UDMO's office in the All Cultures Equal building in Webster City.
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Jamie Ragland, Hamilton County outreach specialist, said there are 315 angels supporting the requests for donations from 121 families in Hamilton County this year.
"We had the angels on a tree at the festival of trees and individuals, churches and service groups have responded very well," Ragland said.
She said members of Asbury Methodist Church, Kiwanis and ABATE bikers have been notably involved with the program. ABATE brought in twelve garbage bags full of toys to donate in November.
Still, there are many angels waiting to be picked up. Ragland did not have an exact number of angels that have yet to be taken. However, her folder full of angels yet to be taken spoke for itself.
"We're hoping that we can find more interested people to come by and pick up an angel," Ragland said. "We really rely on what the community does."
Ragland said they are trying to get people to bring their unwrapped donations in by Saturday. However, they will still accept donations at any time. Volunteers will separate the donated presents to their respective families on Dec. 17. Ragland said they are always looking for volunteers to help with such projects. Families will then pick up donated items on Dec. 19.
UDMO also runs a food pantry out of their facility. A couple months ago, they were struggling to find donations. Now, their pantry is almost fully stocked.
"We've gotten so much food that we, I mean, there have been so many food drives this past month that it's really hard to find a place for all of it," Ragland said.
For information on donating to or volunteering for the Angel Tree project, contact Jamie Ragland at email@example.com.