Warwick's annual Angel Tree display deserves special attention this year

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:09

Warwick — There is one popular feature of the annual celebration of Warwick’s upcoming Home for the Holidays that deserves more attention than usual in this period of high unemployment. The traditional Angel Tree, located between Akin’s Drug Store and Newhard’s Gift Shop, will again be displayed throughout the entire celebration, which begins Sunday, Nov. 20. Each “angel” on the tree identifies a child by age and gender. Pick out an “angel,” purchase a small gift and drop it off at Track 7 Postal Center, 5 First St. The donated gifts will then be distributed to local area children selected by the Warwick Ecumenical Council’s Food Pantry. “This year the need in our community has greatly increased for everyone from young children to our seniors,” said Jennifer Haesche, owner of La Petite Cuisine. “We are asking everyone to reach deep, reflect on their own blessings and stop by our Angel Tree.” The angels will be categorized as male or female and in age groups including infant to preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school and seniors. The Angel Tree committee will provide suggestions, such as hats, gloves, back packs, scarf’s, coats, board games, education games, cards, slippers, stationery and so forth. “We’re looking for solid gifts that someone who might ordinarily go without would want to receive,” said Haesche. All donations are to be dropped off at Track 7. The last day for drop off is Dec. 22. For additional information call 544-1810.