Dear Editor,

Center for Human Services – Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center would like to thank the members of the community and local businesses for making this year’s Christmas Angel Giving Tree a huge success.

To all who have participated in this or other local giving programs this year: This season has been particularly tough on many families we serve. We hear the stories of so many whose burdens are heavy throughout the year. Your giving has made an incredible difference in the lives of these families. Whether the gifts come from the Angel Tree or other toy drives and gatherings, we find that the recipients are always overwhelmed with your thoughtfulness. There were often tears of joy as the families we serve commented on how good it feels to know they will have something for their children to open at Christmas.

Even in tough economic times, citizens, visitors, and local businesses worked together to ensure that all 136 angels were adopted. Area businesses hosted Angel Trees on our behalf including Little Luvbugz, The Yogurt Station, Steves Chevrolet, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and The Beach House in Modesto.  Angels were adopted by community members some by walking into the above mentioned locations, others at the recent NPR Crab Feed.  The Ball Corporation sponsored 11 angles and we received donations from Golf Carts Unlimited.  Oakdale Police Department dropped off art supplies to be given as gifts and Century 21 M&M Oakdale collected jackets that we were able to add to our deliveries. Like last year, Oakdale High School Leadership Class organized a school wide toy drive.  We feel so lucky to always be able to count on them.  St. Mary’s Catholic Church knitted and donated over 90 hats for our angels and Fair Oaks Elementary School donated show boxes filled with toys, toiletries, school supplies, and more.

“We had more angels register this year than last and we were concerned that all 136 angel tags would not be taken, especially with the financial hardships some people were faced with this year.” said Lisa Destro, Angel Tree Coordinator.  In typical Oakdale fashion, the community rose to the occasion.

We wish you all many blessings during this winter season. As you celebrate your own family, please know that you have given others a reason to be thankful.

Best Wishes,

Center for Human Services – Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center Staff