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Elks Christmas Angel Program shifts into high gear

M. Kate West
Staff Writer
11/29/2013

 

The ladies of the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge No. 2626 are as busy as Santa’s elves as they merrily work on the 2013 Christmas Angel Project.

Jane Scott and Alice Ross are co-chairing the project this year. Scott said contact has already been made with elementary and high schools in Chester and Westwood to learn about local children and families in need.

The program, which is in its seventh year, coordinates giving activities with the Teen Angel Program coordinated by Barbara Haines and Laura Kincaid, who coordinates the Plumas County Sheriff’s Employees Association’s annual Needy Children’s Christmas Program in the Lake Almanor Basin.

She said the purpose of the groups working together is to avoid duplication in giving.

“The Christmas Angel Project goes beyond the giving of toys; we provide them with warm winter clothing like hats, boots, gloves and jackets. We do also try to meet their requests for a special toy,” Scott said.

The Christmas Angel Project also provides families with a Christmas basket to make a nice Christmas dinner and breakfast.

Baskets include such perishable items as milk, eggs and ham.

“We do very full baskets and many of the included items are from the Elks members themselves,” past chairperson Kay Alcorn said.

This year Santa Claus and his helpers will make their deliveries Dec. 17.

When the Christmas Angel Project began it served two to three families and approximately five kids. In 2010 the program served 22 children and six families.

“In 2011, Christmas Angel served 41 children and represented eight families. For the year 2012 our family numbers increased to 12 and we served 31 children,” Scott said.

This year, the project has received letters from 21 families with a total of 46 children.

Scott said interested community members could also support the project by making cash or food contributions.

A donation box is sitting at the feet of the Christmas Angel in the Plumas Bank lobby.

Donations may also be made while attending the Elks Lodge monthly Sunday community breakfast Dec. 1 or at Taco Night, which will be held Friday, Dec. 13.

Cash contributions should be mailed to: Lake Almanor Elks Lodge No. 2626, Attn: Christmas Angel Project, P.O. Box 1329, Chester, CA 96020.

“If you would like to make a donation of either cash or food but are unable to deliver the goods yourself, I would be happy to personally pick the items up. Just give me a call at 258-3942 or 816-0874,” Scott said.

The donation deadline is Dec. 15; however, any items or cash received after that date will be saved to start next year’s program.


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