200 angels still need to be adopted

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, December 1, 2010

With two days left before the drop off day, about 200 children still need to be adopted to make Andalusia’s Community Christmas a success.

Community Christmas organizer Larry Avery said Tuesday “things are going slow.”

Avery said that there is an “urgency” to get the presents purchased and dropped off for the Dec. 17 event.

“I’m afraid there’s about a third of the angels left to be adopted,” he said.

Andalusia Community Christmas is a non-profit annual program that is funded by local residents and civic organizations that assist families in financial crisis who live in the Andalusia, Straughn, Red Level and Pleasant Home school districts. Florala and Opp have their own respective programs.

Through the community’s help, Community Christmas organizers are able to provide toys and clothing for children between the ages of 2 and 13.

“This program works through a team effort,” Avery said. “Community Christmas works by having the community adopt angels.”

It is suggested that $50 be spent on each adopted angel, and packages along with the angel card, which can be picked up at local businesses, are to be dropped off Fri., Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Sat., Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. until noon, and Sun., Dec. 5, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Kiwanis Community Center on the south bypass.

For those who would like to make a donation rather than purchase gifts, checks can be mailed to Andalusia Community Christmas Inc., P.O. Box 1525, Andalusia, AL 36420.

Those angels who are not adopted will be provided for through the ACC program.

Avery said those who do not want to shop for an angel or do not have time may give a donation and organizers will do the shopping for them.

The gifts will be distributed on Fri., Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis building.

“This program works through a team effort,” Avery said. “The looks on their faces make it all worth while.”