Angels need holiday assistance

Published 10:11 pm Thursday, November 30, 2017

Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority is looking for donors to help children and families in need this Christmas season by purchasing gifts.

The Angel Tree features 199 children, or “angels,” that need to be adopted, Resident Services Specialist Phyllis Harrison said in an email. Children up to 17 years old have listed wishes on their angel tags, including toys, clothing, bikes, electronic devices and more.

“However, anyone who wants to adopt an angel does not have to feel obligated to buy what is on the wish list,” Harrison said. “They can get any age appropriate item for the child.”

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According to Harrison, gifts will be distributed at SHRA at 530 E. Pinner St. from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 20.

Suffolk Housing and Redevelopment Authority did not have an Angel Tree program last year but did serve about 275 children by providing gifts to public housing residents and other program participants, Harrison said.

“The children are very appreciative for the opportunity to have their wishes granted for the Christmas season that otherwise may not be fulfilled,” she said. “Families are relieved because of some of the stresses due to providing gifts for their children and experience the warmth of receiving assistance from generous donors.”

Donors can come to 530 E. Pinner St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 15 to lend their support. Call 539-2100 for more information.