Still going strong after seven years, the Angel Tree project in Oakdale was once again a success this holiday season.
Trees containing tags with the ages of children in need were hosted at a number of business locations around the community and tag takers didn’t disappoint. Bags of clothing, toys, books, shoes, jackets and more were all collected to benefit the children through the Center for Human Services in Oakdale.
Tamberly Stone said 310 children were included in the Angel Tree tags this year. Each tag included a little bit of information about the child, specifically whether they were a boy or girl, their age and clothing and shoe sizes, along with any special interests. Those taking the tags typically returned with some clothing and special gifts for the recipients.
Stone is the Program Coordinator of Center for Human Services-Oakdale and dedicates a large part of her efforts the last few months of each year to the Angel Tree.
The more than 300 Angel Tree wishes were granted and approximately 500 children will be touched overall by the generosity of the community of Oakdale, Stone said of the 2017 effort.