Angel Trees are in place and ready for those who want to help bring some Christmas cheer to needy families.
The Angel Tree program has been helping Santa provide clothing for families in need for 28 years in the Pratt community. The program, run by Retired Senior Volunteer Program, along with similar giving opportunities offered by Pratt Regional Medical Center and Pratt Rehabilitation and Residence Center, is accepting applications for clothing, or specified gifts (as per PRMC/PRRC tags) now through Wednesday, Dec. 12.
For those wanting to purchase clothing for Angel Tree, a tree is up at Walmart with others at Cooper Tire, Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt County Courthouse and Legacy Bank. Gifts are to brought to the RSVP office at 619 North Main in the Community Center building. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the phone number is 672-7811. Visit the RSVP office to get an application form, said Tracy Petz, assistant to the RSVP director.
The Angel Tree program provides clothing for ages newborn to 14. Pickup day for those receiving clothing is from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the RSVP office, Petz said.
There are two giving trees at PRMC and both are in the cafeteria. A white tree is for children and a smaller green tree, with ornaments, is for residents at Pratt Rehabilitation and Residence Center, according to Andie Dean, PRMC director of community services.
While the white children’s tree has only clothing choices, the green tree for the PRRC residents has more of a variety of choices including candy, perfume as well as some clothing, Dean said.
“It’s whatever the resident requested,” Dean said.
Purchases from the trees at PRMC can be returned to the hospital and they will make sure the items get to the proper person. Those purchases can also be taken to the RSVP office as well, Dean said.
The Angel Tree program is for Pratt County residents only.