Time flies, especially during the holidays, but many local angels again took time from their busy schedules to support the Angel Tree project. The 2020 Angel Tree was set up at Lewis Drug in the Milbank Mall. Community members selected a card from the tree and returned a wrapped gift in its place. The Northern Lights 4-H club then transported the gifts to the Milbank Visitors Center for pick up.
According to Val Van Lith of Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership (ICAP), a group of 34 families and 88 children stopped by the Milbank Visitors Center to pick up their holiday surprises on December 14 from 3-5 p.m. Santa, however, was unable to attend this year, and family photos were not taken. Van Lith says, “In addition to gifts for the children, each family received a personal care package that included toilet tissue, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, deodorant, and laundry soap.The families also received a certificate to redeem for pizza at Food-N-Fuel. Stephanie Folk donated SimplyFun board games, that were given to families with children of the appropriate age”
New to the event this year, St Lawrence School held a drive to collect gingerbread houses, popcorn, hot chocolate, and blankets. The treats were divided amongst the 34 families.