Last year, 737 children could have experienced a Christmas without the magic of Santa. They could have awoken Christmas morning and found very little- if anything- awaiting them under the tree. Instead, those hundreds of children who leaped out of bed on Christmas morning were greeted with packages adorned with their name. They were put there by the Angel Tree Program at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. The Miami community and NEO employees provided gifts for 737 children whose parents were in need of assistance during the 2007 holiday season. Because of the natural devastation that Ottawa County has endured during the past two years and from employment layoffs, it is anticipated that even more families will be in need of assistance this Christmas season.
Paper angels, each representing a child in need, will be hung on Christmas trees at the Miami Wal-Mart entrances. Members of the community are invited to select an angel from the tree and purchase the gift listed on it. Those who are not able to travel to Miami to select an Angel can make a monetary donation to the Angel Tree fund at 200 I St. N.E., Miami, OK, 74354. All gifts should be returned to the Miami Wal-Mart by Sunday, December 14. Please securely attach the paper angel to its gift to ensure that it is delivered to correct child. “Families that receive from the Angel Tree Program have less pressure on them to provide for their children and are encouraged to take time to enjoy the holiday,” said Brown.