California Pamida Hosts Angel Tree Program

California Pamida Operations Team Leader Leigha McClelland. left, with Angel Tree Program Chairman Judy Scott, right, and Jada Graham, middle, holding an angel from the Angel Tree located inside the California Pamida.

California Pamida Operations Team Leader Leigha McClelland. left, with Angel Tree Program Chairman Judy Scott, right, and Jada Graham, middle, holding an angel from the Angel Tree located inside the California Pamida. Photo by John Inman.

This year when walking into the California Pamida, located at 1021 West Buchanan, in the Village Green Shopping Center, a Christmas tree with pink, blue and white paper angels can be spotted. This is because Pamida is working with the Angel Tree Program sponsored by the Annunciation Catholic Church, California.

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California Pamida General Manager Jim Smashey presents California Middle School Principal Matt Abernathy a check for $248.22 donated to the school by the Pamida Foundation from the "Round Up" drive held during the summer. Customers had the option of "rounding up" their purchases as a way to give back to the school. Currently, the California Pamida is doing a "Round Up" drive to collect money for The Food Bank.

The "angels" which are hung on the trees at churches and now Pamida, are blue, pink and white. Those wishing to "adopt" an angel take the angel and turn it in to find out the needs of the person or family represented by the angel. Blue angels are for boys, pink for girls and white is for families' food needs at Christmas. The angels for boys and girls represent toy and clothes needs for a child at Christmas.

"The Angel Tree Program takes applications from families needing assistance with Christmas," Judy Scott, who has been the Angel Tree chairman for 10 years, said. "We took it over from the Human Development Corporation when it shut down. It was called the love tree before our churches' Social Concerns Committee took it over and named it the Angel Tree."

For more of this story check out the Nov. 30 issue of the California Democrat.

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