Earn your wings by sponsoring a child for Christmas

To help bring a li’l Joy into the life of a child in need this holiday…

Earn your “Earth Angel” wings by sponsoring a child for Christmas… With your contribution of a toy or donation, he or she will know Santa didn’t forget them after all… Our goal is to reach out to families currently residing in Ogle County (but no family in need will be rejected) that has “fallen through the system” somehow, and is unable to receive any kind of assistance, but really could use an “Earth Angel” assigned to them to make this a special Christmas after all.

If you know of a family who “really” needs an Earth Angel, even if it’s your own family, please come forward and let us know; all the information is kept confidential. What is most important is gender and ages so gifts can be purchased and distributed accordingly. You can still earn your wings by volunteering to help wrap, pick up or deliver when the time comes, even if it is for only an hour or two. Remember, the names being gathered need your help, generosity and opened hearts for toys and donations to make this a success! Together, we can make Ogle County the largest group of bell-ringing “Earth Angels” again this year.

Li’l Celestial News

I’m gathering my lists and checking them twice. Can you believe it? This will be our third year already! Thanks to everyone who has helped make this a success. There are a few things new this year; we kicked off the start of “Earth Angels” at Merlin’s Greenhouse & Flowers’ Christmas Open House Nov. 10 and 11. Merlin had graciously offered to decorate and display a Christmas tree with our Earth Angel tags, and be a drop site as well once again this year. For those of you who have never been there, Merlin’s is at 300 Mix St. in Oregon. It’s definitely a magical place to visit, especially around the holidays, and get a jump start on your shopping lists.

The other new addendum: I’m hoping to be able to include the children of our active duty servicemen or women from the five branches of the military in our area. If you know of anyone, or are the spouse or family of a service person, feel free to contact me at (815) 291-7757, and ask for “Granny.”

And thanks to Cindy Lawson and Ron Slade, Quebecor will once again be setting up a drop box in the foyer by the Security Guard Office!

Beginning the week of Nov. 13, we will be setting up at the different drop site locations. Look for us! The last day to contribute will be Dec. 17 (target date), thus giving us a full month this year. The week of Dec. 18, we will be doing the final collection at the different drop sites, wrapping like the dickens and distributing. “Earth Angel” headquarters will once again be at the Mt. Morris Seniors Center.

Confirmed drop sites for 2006 are as follow:

1. Quebecor World, Mt. Morris

2. Mt. Morris Savings & Loan

3. Mt. Morris Seniors Center

4. Merlin’s Greenhouse and Flowers, Oregon

5. Rock River Center (a/k/a Ogle Co. Senior Center), Oregon

6. Forreston Library, Forreston

7. Leaf River Library, Leaf River

8. & 9. Kable News (both locations) Mt. Morris

10. Citgo, Leaf River

For drop boxes: Pick your chosen “Li’l Angel.” Attach to gift & return by Dec. 17. (Place in drop box or call for pickup.)

Donations or contributions can be mailed to: Earth Angel, P.O. Box 188, Forreston, IL 61030-0188 or Earth Angel Fund, c/o Forreston State Bank, 200 Main St., P.O. Box 278, Forreston, IL 61030-0278.

For additional drop site locations, volunteers, questions, pickups, etc., call (815) 291-7757 and ask for “Granny.”

From the Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2006, issue

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