It’s year 33, and as the program enters its fourth decade there is no doubt the program will continue to be a success thanks to the generosity and Christmas spirit in Lanark County and the surrounding area. This year the Lanark County Child and Family Services (CAFS) / Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Angel Tree program is starting off with between 550-600 angels. The “angels” assigned to trees are children directly affiliated with the Lanark County CAFS or other agencies with the goal of providing a Christmas gift to each child.
The Lanark County municipal offices are participating once again, as are our community partners which include Albany, Eaton, Lanark County Administration, Perth Town Hall, Perth Hospital and the Carleton Place Walmart. Our OPP East Region Headquarters and Provincial Communications Centre also continue to be a huge support with the internal distribution of angels to OPP employees.
We are certain that this year’s goal will be met as it has in past years. Effective Thursday, November 8th, 2018, Angel Trees bearing “Angel Cards” will be distributed for pick-up to the following locations where persons can attend wishing to retrieve an angel.
Lanark County OPP Detachment
Carleton Place OPP Detachment
Beckwith Township Office
Drummond/North Elmsley Municipal Office
Lanark Highlands Municipal Office
Mississippi Mills Municipal Office
Montague Township Office
Tay Valley Municipal Office
Pakenham Public Library (located this year at Pakenham School)
Perth Town Hall Perth Hospital
Walmart – Carleton Place
Please attend one of the above locations and retrieve an “Angel Card.” Return a gift (preferably unwrapped or in a gift bag) to the tree BEFORE Wednesday, December 5th, 2018. Please ensure the Angel Card is affixed to the gift AND the gift contents are printed on the back of the card.
Donations of money and items of new clothing/toys are gratefully accepted. Lanark County OPP with the assistance of the Mississippi-Tay Crimestoppers will attend the tree locations on December 6th and return the gifts to the Lanark County Child and Family Services who in turn will ensure children/youth that have been brought to their attention have an appropriate gift at Christmas. We thank everyone for participating! Merry Christmas and have a safe and happy New Year!