The Teen Angel program, a local effort to provide gifts for teenagers from low-income families who might otherwise be without gifts for Christmas, is in dire need of assistance this year.
Many Vernon County teens too old to sit on Santa's lap and breathlessly dictate a wish list, yet too young to have lost the desire for gifts under the tree. Teen Angels is there to help, founded by Terri Meyers in 2000 when she realized there were programs to help younger children but none for teens older than 12.
That's why the group adopts teens ages 13-18, and this year added a Senior Angel program for persons age 65 and older who live on their own and have a limited income.
Community Outreach helps to screen the recipients, and Meyers said "we need for individuals or groups to adopt either angel."
To adopt an angel, stop by Evergreen Memorial Chapel Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and select a card with a gift request; then, purchase the gift and return it to the chapel by Dec. 14. Cash donations also are accepted.