Angel Tree brings cheer

WINNSBORO – The Angel Tree is a holiday tradition in the Fairfield community that makes Christmas special for over 200 of the county’s senior citizens

To participate, volunteers pick an angel from the Angel Tree at the Council on Aging’s Senior Center, then fill plastic totes (provided by the Center) with non-perishable items – soap, paper towels, socks cleaning supplies, slippers, skin creams, soups toiletries and other personal items.

The recipients of the totes are the Council’s Meals on Wheels clients or those seniors who eat and participate at the Council’s Senior Center in Winnsboro.

“While these items don’t sound very exciting to the average person, they make a big difference for seniors who are living restricted lifestyles due to age, income or transportation issues,” said the Center’s director Angela Connor who initiated the Angel Tree program eight years ago.

“Living alone can be desperately lonely for seniors, especially during holidays,” Connor said. “Receiving the totes is a personal touch that lets them know somebody really cares about them.”

The filled 32-quart plastic totes are to be returned to the Center by Dec. 12.  They will be delivered on Dec. 18.

“We also need volunteers to help us deliver the totes,” Connor said.

The Council on Aging Center is located at 210 E Washington Street, Winnsboro. Information about the program is also available on Facebook at Fairfield-County-SC-Council-on-Aging-INC or by calling 803-635-3105.  Council hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday -Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday.