GRHS angel tree program helps students enjoy Christmas

Melissa Holmes|@LissaCHolmes Staff Writer

GLEN ROSE - Glen Rose High School’s efforts to make sure that its students in need are taken care of this holiday season is fully underway with its annual Angel Tree program.

The event originally started off as a wish list program, with kids asking for high end items like Xboxes. GRHS’s family and consumer science teacher, Jill Lawson said that over time however the school decided to start focusing more on personal items, such as clothing and shoes, that the kids might need.

The Angel Tree program is a collective effort between the students and staff at GRHS. It begins with the counselors taking request from families in need and all of the family's identities remain anonymous. When all of the request are taken, Lawson’s FCCLA students go out and place the Angel tags on the trees.

The students in the life skill classes shop for personal care items to be put in personal care bags that are also distributed. Lawson said the Angel Tree program really does brings all of the students at the school together during this time.

The Angel Tree program couldn’t be successful without a community location for the tree, and this year's tree is located at Brookshires.

Manager, Jose Ritz stated that the store does a lot to help out with the various charities in the community and GRHS’s Angel Tree is no different. By being one of the central hubs of the town, the store provides everyone an opportunity to see the tree and help out.

Once someone picks out an Angel Tree tag, they will buy the gifts listed on the tag for the child and will then return all of the items to the high school so that they can be distributed to the students before the holidays. Currently, all unwrapped gifts are due back to the school on Dec. 10.

If you miss the deadline you can still donate by contacting Lawson at (254) 898-3844 prior to Tuesday Dec. 15. On that day Lawson and one of the school’s counselors will be handing out the gifts to families.

Even if all the Angel tags aren't taken, no child participating in the program will be without a present. Once all the tags are collected Lawson and her FCCLA students will make a special trip to Burleson to shop at Target for any tags that remain. The students do all of the shopping with a set amount they are given that day.

While the deadline for donating this holiday season is looming no need to worry. The school collects items for Angel Tree year round.

Each Glen Rose ISD school is responsible for their own Angel Tree or Christmas Express program. If you would like to donate to one of them or if your child attends one of the other schools contact that school’s office for additional information.