It’s a “Charlie Brown Christmas tree” if there ever was one.
But every year now for over a dozen years, this tiny Christmas tree has served as the Angel Tree at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Indeed, it is now readily recognized by parishioners as the church’s Angel Tree.
And while it is small and scrawny looking as would befit that sympathetic cartoon character Charlie Brown, this tree has plenty of branches, making it perfect as an Angel Tree.
And as the community grows, so too does the need for Angel Tree gifts and this year this Angel Tree at Holy Spirit Catholic Church is covered with white Angels, all with information about a needy gift recipients.
This year, for the first time, gift cards are being sought instead of wrapped presents. Any denomination from any variety of stores is appreciated.
Those taking an Angel from the tree at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church masses last weekend have been asked to return the gift cards and the Angel by Monday, Dec. 8, placing them in a box beside the tree in the church atrium.
These gift cards will then be placed in the Christmas hampers that are prepared by the Stittsville Food Bank for distribution to families in need this Christmas.
It is the hope this year that gift cards purchased from stores like Toys R Us or Chapters or Old Navy or from movie theatres or fast foot restaurants will now allow the receiving family the opportunity to use the gift card to purchase a gift that is as appropriate as possible for the child involved.
This switch to gift cards is also helping out the Food Bank since the gift cards this year will be taking up a lot less space than the previous Angel Tree gifts which were all wrapped presents. The Stittsville Food Bank does not have as much space available to it now as it did in the past and so this new approach which will require less space for storage and distribution is seen as a real benefit.