WINTER PARK - The sluggish economy has been difficult for many Grand County families, and Christmas creates even more stress for parents struggling to pay rent and bills.
The Angel Tree at Copper Creek Square is one way to help those in need this holiday season.
Cards hanging on the Angel Tree represent a child from families struggling financially. Warm clothing, boots, food, and some toys are among the holiday wishes expressed on the cards. The public is asked to take a card and fulfill whatever wishes they are able to.
"No gift is too small, and every gift returned makes a difference to these families," says Stephanie Carey, marketing director for Cooper Creek Square. "Each year there are more and more cards on the tree from families from Winter Park to Grand Lake."
The Angel Tree began 10 years ago. Sponsoring agencies such as Social Services, low income housing, churches and child care programs provide information for the cards on the tree. It is completely anonymous with no names exchanged.
"It's a perfect way for a family or business to do some holiday gift-giving together," says Carey. "And there's nothing that makes you feel the holiday spirit more than helping out those who need it."
This year, about 300 cards were placed on the tree. With Christmas quickly approaching, the need to fill the remaining cards is becoming more important each day. For those who don't have time to shop, cash donations are also accepted to make certain that every child receives something from their list.
"The Angel Tree is really about locals helping locals," says Ron Jones, managing partner of Cooper Creek Square. "This is a way for our community to make sure that these children receive something for the holidays."
Those interested can stop by the Angel Tree, located in the courtyard between Mountain Grind Coffee and Nest, or call 970-726-8891 ext. 33 for more information.