Still time to help the Angel Tree

Many tags picked up, but dozens remain

Children across Hamilton County are dreaming of Christmas and the promise of what Santa will bring. HERO – Help Entertain and Restore Organization — hopes to make those dreams come true for hundreds of area children.

HERO is once again sponsoring the Angel Tree project. Through this program children in need in the community have the opportunity to receive gifts they request through an application process.

While many local organizations, businesses and individuals have picked up tags, the tree is still has plenty of angel tags waiting to be chosen.

“HERO board members will be sitting in the lobby of the theater from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. everyday to man the tree for those who want to pick a tag and shop for them, or bring their gifts back to the theater, or they can also take their gifts and drop them off at the fire station,” said Kay Ross, HERO board member.

Ross emphasized the importance of individuals who pick up tags to register their tag at the table next to the tree in the lobby.

“Please register your tag in the book,” said Ross, “that way, if they would forget to have it back the day we need it, I can call them and give them a gentle reminder that we need the gift by a certain time.”

Items are sorted in the training room at the Webster City Fire Station. The collected and purchased items are then put together by family and in alphabetical order. This way when families come in to receive their gifts, it is easier to distribute items.

Items will be distributed this year on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Webster City Fire Station, 919 Superior St.,  from 1 to 4 p.m.