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Christmas Angel Tree Helps Disadvantaged Kids in Natoma

Adopt a Child for ChristmasChildren love receiving gifts on Christmas morning, but many area kids this year won't have the opportunity to open presents. That's why folks in Natoma have formed the 'Tis the Season Committee to help disadvantaged kids during the Christmas season.

The committee, formed three years ago and made up of area church pastors and citizens, sets up a program every year called the Christmas Angel Tree designed to allow local people to give to the needs of the community by buying gifts for area children.

Bonnie Rubottom, one of the group's organizers, explains how the Angel Tree works.

"The angels will be on the tree at Angel Accounting - no names, it just gives an age, their clothing size, shoe size and things that they like or maybe they need coats or something like that. You bring the presents back with the angel information card that you get and put that in the stack with whatever you decide to give - you can give as little or as much as you want - the FFA kids at the school help wrap the gifts and then the pastors deliver them," Rubottom said.

The collection of unwrapped gifts for the kids is the main part of the Christmas Angel Tree program, but if you don't know what to get or do not want to buy a gift, you can donate money to the group as well, of which they will use to buy something for the child or the family.

Gifts and contributions will be accepted now through December 19. For more information, stop by Angel Accounting in Natoma or contact any of the three Natoma churches. 

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