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Angel Tree program to assist less fortunate

Angel Tree

It’s already time to begin adopting and shopping for this year’s Angel Tree Program as the local Lions Club is geared up to provide a special holiday for the less fortunate children and families in Princeton.

“We have a number of students that might go without Christmas if we did not reach out to them,” said retiring Superintendent Philip Anthony, who has been involved with Angel Tree since its inception. “There’s no other civic organization besides the Lions Club that is set up to help and target the Princeton area exclusively.”

Applications are already being accepted from families and adoption of these angels started Monday through the Angel Tree program, which is in its 13th year.

“This is always a great way to give back to the community,” said Superintendent Donald McIntyre, who serves this year as the Lions Club president. “It is awesome to see the community come together to help so many students.”

The applications being accepted on each Princeton ISD campus will be verified using information from the free and reduced meal program, as well as recommendations from counselors regarding new circumstances.

The deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 30. All Angel applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Angel Tree adoptions continue until Friday, Dec. 4.

“For the past 12 years, we’ve always been able to assist every eligible applicant,” Mr. Anthony said. “And applications are steadily coming in for this year."

As of Nov. 5, there were already more than 150 applications for assistance.

Toys fill up the PISD board room. For 2019, 607 children from 208 families were adopted through Angel Tree.

“We are estimating we will need to help more than 600 children this year," Mr. McIntyre said.

The community support plays a big role in getting every child adopted. The City of Princeton joins First Bank and Trust and Independent Financial with Angel Trees in those locations.

“We couldn’t do this without the help from the community,” Mr. McIntyre said. “We need everyone to make this happen.”

According to Mr. McIntyre, district employees do a great job in stepping up for this charitable effort. Many make payroll contributions, and teachers and coaches get the students in their programs to help by donating to the Angel Tree.

Student groups such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, PALs, athletic teams and National Honor Society adopt the Angel Tree program as a community service project, with members bringing toys or clothes or shopping together as a group.

Deliveries to families will begin Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Procedures for adopting an angel include:

Call 469.952.5400 or e-mail contacts: Amy Ivy or Tiffany Petersen or stop by the PISD Administration Office at 321 Panther Pkwy.

- Guideline: Spend approximately $75 per child.

- Clearly mark all unwrapped presents with the Family and Child number from the adoption form. Donors are asked to use removable labels with the Family and Child number so the items will not have handwriting on them.

- Drop-off deadline is Monday, Dec. 7. The drop-off location for returning unwrapped presents will be determined by Family numbers. Drop-off for Family #101-200 will be at the Auxiliary Services Building. Drop-off for Family #201+ will be at the PISD Administration Building.

- If someone cannot afford to adopt an entire child, pair up to adopt a child.

- Make a monetary donation at any campus, administration office, First Bank and Trust or Independent Financial (checks payable to Princeton Lions Club); or

- Sponsor a portion of a child by selecting from the Angel Tree at either First Bank and Trust, Independent Financial or the City of Princeton. Individual items, including toys or clothing, will be available.