New Boston Angel Tree


Share
Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2012, 12:55 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Press release submitted by Natalie Thompson


Each year a small committee of women from our fire department, ambulance service and local churches get together and help the City of New Boston with the Food Baskets that they sponsor. But 5 years ago the committee started doing an Angel Tree for the children of the community that come from struggling families also. We gather ideas of children from different community related agencies, local churches and by word of mouth from members of our community. We have 53 children through out our community with households that cannot afford much during this Christmas season.
The basics of the Angel Tree is that a paper ornament is made up for each child on our list. On this ornament we list the child's sex, age, clothing size and if possible an idea for a toy. The people wanting to participate take an ornament with the child's info, leave the 2nd identical ornament (which is attached to the labeled ornament) behind with their name and phone number (of the donor), shop for the child and return the gift item (preferably wrapped) with the paper ornament attached by the 10th of December. There is also an "instruction" sheet located at the Angel Tree that the donors can take a copy of to assist them in following thru correctly with their gift or gifts. We then organize the gifts and deliver them to the families with a message that Santa is too busy to make all his deliveries without our help.
We have at least 39 ornaments left on our tree and the committee can't afford to buy for all of the children without going door to door asking for money.
The Angel Tree is located at The Bay C Store in New Boston, IL.

Any people wanting to contact someone for the Angel Tree can call any one of the following committee members and leave a message and call back number.
Nat Thompson/Giles 309-587-3330 or Laura Long 309-587-8313 or Cindy Marston 309-587-8640.




















 



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






(More History)