How to be a Christmas Angel in 2018

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PERRY COUNTY – United Way of Perry County is enhancing its Holiday Helpers United Program by partnering with Catholic Charities and creating a Christmas Angel Store.  The groups will be making a departure from the traditional Angels on the trees at Walmart and in the local banks.

Instead, there will still be many opportunities for our community angels to donate to make Christmas a little brighter for our local children in need. Beginning in July, there will be donation boxes at local participating businesses labeled with desired items for stocking in the Christmas Angel Store.

“Our goal for the program is to address the basic needs of the family. With that in mind, we will be providing one top, one bottom, a package of socks and a package of underwear for each child in the home age 18 and under. In addition, we will provide one toy for each child age 12 and under,” said Amy Lyons, director of United Way.

“Instead of receiving a bag of preselected toys as in the past, referred families will be allowed to send one custodial or other designated adult to the Christmas Angel Store to “shop” for their children at an appointment time of their choice. We will also be providing a hygiene bag or box with necessary personal and family hygiene items. The store will be open during certain hours for two weeks following Thanksgiving, but inventory will be collected all year.”

United Way is asking donors to be on the lookout for closeout deals on children’s clothing and hygiene items. Donation boxes will be labeled with specific needs and all donations must be new, unopened and in good condition. Any business interested in housing a donation box should contact Amy Lyons at unitedwayperry@gmail.com. Stay tuned to the United Way’s Facebook page and The Perry County News for more updates on this exciting change.