"The number of families was up from last year," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. "If it wasn't for the donations from local community members and businesses we would not be able to keep this going.
"We appreciate everything that is done to make sure children who might not receive a gift otherwise has something under the tree," continued Epperly. "It is a lot of work for my staff, and I appreciate all that they do to keep this going too. They are completely worn out by the time it is over."
This year's Angel Tree effort served 108 children who were 16 years of age and younger. A total of 17 families were also adopted through the program this year.
Barry County community members donated gift items and money to provide 588 gifts for the Angel Tree effort, which serves children across the entire county.
Funds for Angel Tree gifts were also raised through the sale of tickets for a drawing for a handcrafted cedar chest, which was made and donated by Officer Carl Cosper. The winner of the drawing was Mike Reinhart.
Families who apply for Angel Tree assistance are checked to ensure they are not also participating in the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center's Share Your Christmas program.
Families were invited to pick their gifts up at the sheriff's office last Friday.
Sheriff's office staff members and volunteers who assisted with the Angel Tree effort included: Megan May, Kathy Emo, Jena Smith, Charlotte Olson, Diane Funcannon, Misti Horton and Amanda Epperly.