The Barry County Sheriff's Office will once again hold its Angel Tree this year. The holiday effort, which began six years ago, provides gifts for needy children in Barry County.
Last year, with generous gifts and donations from area businesses and community members, the Angel Tree provided over 400 gifts for around 150 children.
Community members and businesses are invited to adopt a child or a family through the Angel Tree effort. Donors can select a name from the Angel Tree at the sheriff's office. Children participating in this year's Angel Tree range in age from newborn to 12.
Once a name is selected, the donor can choose to buy the gift themselves or make a monetary contribution for the gift. Guidelines for gifts will be given to community members when they select a name from the Angel Tree.
Community members can also donate toys and money at the sheriff's office without selecting a name from the tree. All donations are appreciated and will be used to provide Christmas gifts for participating children.
All gifts must be returned to the sheriff's office by Dec. 15.
The sheriff's office will once again hold a drawing for a handmade cedar chest this year. Tickets, which are available at the sheriff's office are $1 each. All proceeds will benefit the Angel Tree effort.
For more information or to donate, call the Barry County Sheriff's Office at 847-6556. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.