Pam Dudding Contributing writer
Kids around the world get so excited this time of year. During the holiday season, eyes get brighter, smiles get bigger and some even start cleaning their rooms without being told, in hopes that Santa will bring them their Christmas wish list.
To assist Santa this year with his generosity, Food Country has teamed up with the local Department of Social Services and have an Angel Tree set up in the front foyer of the grocery store.
They have 40 angels this year.
“This is our third year in having the Angel Tree,” Assistant Manager, Jennifer Cole, shared. “It just gives a feeling that you have helped someone who may not have had anything.”
Names of children with their “wishes” are placed on it, along with their sizes for clothes.
Anyone can go and pick out a name off the tree and “shop for Santa” for kids in Craig County. Once you pick an angel, simply see a cashier, and give them your name and phone number and the angel letter or number.
“We also have a box for those who would like to donate a toy or piece of clothing, without taking an angel off the tree,” Cole added.
All packages are due back to Food Country by Friday, December 20. You may gift wrap them, put them in gift bags or just bring them in and they will get wrapped.
Also, for those who do not have a job, Food Country currently has store job openings. The produce department and stocker positions pay $9.50 an hour, and the deli department position pays slightly more.
Interested individuals can contact Food Country at 540-864-6221 to obtain an application Once it is returned, they will call and schedule an appointment.
“It’s pure joy when you see the angel tree empty,” Cole shared. “We are happy to help serve our community and our kids.”