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that ’ s going on .”
Those family resource officers are part of a network of helpers in each of the public schools , known as the Family Resource Center . Resource officers , counselors and other officials who work with underprivileged kids gather the names of those who might need help for Christmas and send those names on to SJWC .
Each card on the tree will have the first name of the child , their age , and items they may want or need , along with clothing sizes .
Members of the community can go to one of 16 places to pick up a card : Each of the four locations of the Don Franklin Family of Dealerships , the Commonwealth Journal , Paul ’ s Discount , the Vapor Pit , Bodeans Tattoos , the Pink Bee , Mego ’ s Wonderland of Art inside Beauty Mark Salon , T . J . Maxx , Science Hill Drug , Lemonjuice McGee ’ s Comic Cavalcade , Gra C ’ s Boutique and the Courtyard by Marriott .
SJWC asks that people sign out and sign in the cards they wish to take at the desk of those establishments .
“ If there ’ s a ‘ need ’ on the card , we ask that you buy that first ,” King said . “ Clothes , and then toys or extra things .”
“ As always , we ’ re asking people to spend between $ 55 and $ 65 per child ,” Padgett said . “ If you spend less , then we have to add more to it . If you spend more , we may have to move things around , because there may be multiple children in a family , and we don ’ t want one child to get $ 150 worth of gifts and the other only get $ 30 worth of gifts .”
They also requested no electronics , bicycles or any large , expensive item that takes up the full dollar amount by itself . Every year , there are a number of children who do not get picked by the community and have to be shopped for by organizers . Anyone who wants to donate money to have someone else shop rather than shop themselves can make a deposit at any Citizens National Bank branch to the SJWC Operation Angel Care account .
All gifts are due back to the business the card was picked up from no later than noon on December 13 . Please place gifts in gift bags , rather than wrapping them in boxes .
The 2020 Angel Tree at the Commonwealth Journal office .

“ Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others , you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give .”

- Eleanor Roosevelt
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