CALUMET - There are some local children whose parents may not be financially able to provide them with Christmas presents, and employees of the New Beginnings Angel Mission Free Store hope to fill that need with their Angel Tree.
On the tree are angel-shaped pieces of paper with the name of a child and his or her needs and wants for presents.
Terry Bazin, Free Store co-director, said only parents, not grandparents or other relatives of children, must fill out a registration form in person at 112 Fifth St. in Calumet until Nov. 30.
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Terry Bazin, co-director of the New Beginnings Angel Mission Free Store in Calumet, places a paper angel on the store’s tree in December 2011. The angels contain names of children and items they need and want for Christmas presents, which are then collected by people who will buy those items and bring them into the store to be distributed to the parents of the children.
"They need to come into the store," she said. "We've got a form they fill out."
Parents will be asked about their child or children's gender, clothing and shoe size, clothing needs, what toys they like and what hobbies they have, if any.
That information is put on the angel-shaped paper and placed on the Angel Tree, Bazin said. People who want to provide those items use the angels to make purchases.
"Anybody can come in and take an angel," she said.
After buying the items listed on the angels, Bazin said people making the purchases should bring them in unwrapped to the Free Store.
"Mom and dad are going to wrap the gifts," she said.
Some families have more than one child who need gifts, and Bazin said it may require more than one person to make the purchases of those gifts, which is fine.
Bazin said people wanting to help the Free Store provide gifts for children can either use the Angels and get specific items, or just bring in new general items for children.
"We won't turn down gifts," she said. "We appreciate anything we can get."
Cash for gifts will be accepted, also, Bazin said, and Free Store employees will do the shopping.
Bazin said in years past, response to the Angel Tree has been very good.
"It's just been phenomenal the amount of help we've been given," she said.
On Dec. 15, Bazin said the Free Store will conduct its kids only shopping day, and items for adults, especially men, are needed for that.
For more information about the Angel Tree or the Free Store in general, call Bazin at 370-9240 or co-director Lynn Lanyon at 370-3602. The Free Store hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.