|Christmas Project calls on local ‘angels’|
|Thursday, November 08, 2012 1:10 PM|
Angel Trees are located at Superior Credit Union, US Bank, Union Bank, First Financial Bank and First Federal Bank.
Thirty-six years ago, Marie Dorman inspired the community to look beyond their own families and holiday traditions. The community-driven visionary asked the residents to embrace those less fortunate by donating time, money, new toys and new clothing.
Each year, the Delphos Community Christmas Project assists local families and children living in the city school district with making their Christmas special. In 2011, 168 families and 141 children received gifts of food, pre-owned Christmas trees with new lights and decorations, new or refurbished pre-owned bicycles, bedding, bedroom furniture and mattresses, footwear and baby cribs. All this is made possible through the generous donations from individuals, organizations, businesses and school initiatives.
“We can’t turn anyone away,” Fischer explained. “We screen candidates up until Christmas.”
When speaking of her own childhood memories of Christmas, Fischer’s eyes lit up as she highlighted her families’ love for their tradition — sharing and celebrating the holiday with her three sisters and opening gifts on Christmas Eve. This family tradition has been passed to her own four children and 11 grandchildren and explains her enduring passion to volunteer her time and energy for the cause.
“Everyone should have a nice Christmas,” Fischer insists. “Everyone should receive new gifts or have new gifts to give.”
Program screening for the applications commences months before the holiday season begins and is completed by Fischer and Bev Cross-McNeal.
Volunteer shoppers include Diana Hetrick, Karen Edelbrock, Lisa Staup, Cheryl Ditto, Vicki Siefker, Paula Langhals, Rose Morris, Sue Vasquez, Deb Rostorfer, Tina Link and Sharon Mosier, who fulfill a boy’s or girl’s wish list with personalized gifts — clothing and toy preferences.
The project is sponsored by the Optimists and the Delphos Chapter of the Salvation Army.
To donate to the project or request aid for a family this holiday season, send information to: Delphos Community Christmas Project, c/o General Delivery, Delphos, Ohio 45833.