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Choose to become an angel this season

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Updated: December 30, 2012 3:40PM



It’s time for the “angel” in all of us to come out and be “secret Santas” to kids and families who won’t have all kinds of presents under the tree, yummy smells coming from the kitchen as cookies, rolls, and special meals are prepared, or to those who might not even have a tree.

There are angel trees in most grocery stories, many churches and at Opportunity Enterprises, which makes it easier for those of us who are blessed to share some of those blessings with our neighbors. The OE adult clients whose wish lists are on the tree are people who have little or no family, and would have few or no gifts without special angels.

There are several ways to support the OE program: visit OE at 2801 Evans Ave., choose a name from the tree and do the shopping and wrapping; purchase gift cards or send a monetary donation; or visit the Amazing Market and purchase an Angel Sampler for someone on your gift list, and a portion of that will go to the Angel Tree program. Samplers include popcorn and fudge.

For more information, call Sara Carter at 464-9621, Ext. 332, or email her at sara.carter@oppent.org.

In whatever way you choose to become an angel this season, adding just one item on each shopping trip can go a long way toward showing joy and love to someone.

Thanks for thinking about participating. The spirit of Christmas, to me, is all about giving, as God has given to us.

When we have our Special Olympics Christmas party, all our athletes will be bringing a variety of gifts and food to deliver to families in our area. It is so neat to see how excited they are to be a part of “giving,” and it sets the tone for a wonderful evening.

I humbly suggest that, if you choose to be an “angel,” please have your children share that with you, too. Then they will be “tomorrow’s” angels.

Speaking of angels, Rebuilding Together Valparaiso has extended the deadline application to Dec. 15, so that when April 2013 rolls around, the team will be ready to rebuild.

The men and women involved in this organization are committed to renovating or rehabilitating homes of the elderly, disabled and low-income families with children .

Applications are available at: City Hall, 166 Lincolnway, City Utilities, 205 Billings St.; and Banta Center, 605 Beech St. To have an application mailed, call 548-4827.

If you do not live in the Valpo district, keep watching for Chesterton and Portage dates, too.

If you didn’t read the article in Tuesday’s paper about Adam Shryock’s company Boobies Rock, based in Colorado, please go find it.

Our family, as with many others, has been touched by the big “C” more than once, and reading about the “legal” scamming this man does through his questionable sales is sad and sickening.

His implies that his company financially supports breast cancer charities, but in reality it’s a for-profit business. Even women who sold T-shirts in and around Chicago and Northwest Indiana at Bears and Notre Dame games were under the assumption that this was a charitable endeavor, and that much of the money raised was going for cancer patients or foundations.

There are so many valid and valuable organizations that raise funds for cancer, that it is angering to know that there are people like Shryock who take advantage of us. To make sure we don’t get caught in that trap, go to CharityNavigator.org or Give.org, and check out any company or group claiming to do “charitable giving.”

Then I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.

Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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