Letter: An Angel Tree grows in Rappahannock

Beginning this Friday (Nov. 16), the Senior Angel Tree returns to Rappahannock County for its fourth year . . . and so far it has been a huge success! It is a wonderful opportunity for the community to show their love and support to our precious seniors. We have approximately 120 senior “angels,” including participants at the Rappahannock Senior Center at Scrabble School, recipients of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services home-delivered meals and other seniors recommended by Social Services, other community organizations and individuals.

Each of these seniors will be given a designated “angel” to be hung on a beautiful tree at the Union First Market Bank on U.S. 211 in Washington. The angel is assigned a number and only discloses basic information about the senior, but also includes his or her wish list of Christmas gift ideas. The “paper angels,” representing a real-life senior, can then be chosen by community members who would like to bless a senior this holiday season. An organization, a family or an individual can adopt as many angels as they like. No names change hands, so it is a gift of love, later to be received by the senior assigned that angel’s number. That way, each of our program’s seniors will receive a special package.

At the tree, there is a list where you can sign up and indicate which angel(s) you have taken. Gifts need to be purchased, nicely wrapped with the paper angel securely attached and returned to the Union First Market Bank or the Rappahannock Senior Center at Scrabble School no later than Dec. 13.

To quote a few past angels: “To the citizens of Rappahannock County and area – you do the most wonderful things to make life worth living. I truly, sincerely thank you for the Christmas gifts.”

And: “How blessed I was at Christmas to receive the gifts purchased for me from the Angel Tree! To receive such nice gifts from someone who doesn’t even know me personally really touched my heart. Thank you! All of us who were recipients of your wonderful gifts to us realize how great it is to live in such a wonderful community that cares about the seniors. Thank you from my heart!”

If you know of a Rappahannock senior who would appreciate a special gift this Christmas but does not attend the senior center, please contact me at 540-987-3638. Thank you, in advance, for your wholehearted support of the seniors in our community!

Darcy Canton
Manager, Rappahannock Senior Center

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