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Giving through Angel Tree

Giving through Angel Tree

December 12th, 2018 by Danisha Hogue in Local News

<p>Democrat photo/Danisha Hogue</p><p>Members of the California Show Me 4H shopped for two Angel Tree children Dec. 2</p>

The spirit of giving can find itself in anyone. The Show Me 4-H Club chose children from Angel Tree to grant Christmas wants and needs for this year.

The members chose this service project so they can help more children have a merry Christmas.

"It just feels good to help people" a member said.

The club "adopted" two angels from the Annunciation Catholic Church tree, which is one of the local groups participating in the mission to give to families in need. After their last meeting of the year on Dec. 2, members went to Walmart in Jefferson City to shop for their angels.

Central Missouri Community Action allows organizations and individuals to give food donations or items to anyone on the tree. The deadline for adopting a family was Dec. 11.

"Christmas is about giving rather than receiving and (this) gives the kids an opportunity to go out and give to other children in need," club leader Lori Heather said.

"That's a lot of what 4-H is about — teaching the kids to give back."

Shoes, coats and clothing were among the needs of the children. All the members said they were excited to provide Christmas to more kids in their community.

4-H is a state-wide organization that encourages members to build good character and community. Club President Jenna Berendzen said the service project is an eye-opening experience, knowing that there are children in need of help.

"Not everybody has the privilege of having everything they want for Christmas and the traditions like opening gifts from the Christmas tree.

"(4H is) teaching me time management and responsibility and furthering my ability to become an adult and know what it's going to be like to step outside of my own home."