NEW LEXINGTON — The changes of format, postponements, and closures due to COVID-19 have now engulfed the Angel Tree community project in New Lexington. The program will continue for 2020, but it will look much different.
Penny Murray, site coordinator for the 21st Century program at New Lexington High School, reports that gift cards will replace actual gifts this year. She is requesting that donors from past years make a cash donation so that gift cards may be purchased and distributed to families in need. Donations can be dropped off at the Peoples State Bank on Main Street in New Lexington. Donors wishing to mail a check should send it to: Peoples State Bank, 110 N. Main St., New Lexington, Ohio 43764, ATTENTION: Marty Epifano.
“We had 600 children from 400 families benefit from the Angel Tree project in 2019,” says Murray. The economic hit that has befallen so many families has her worried not only about more families in need, but also about the possibility that past donors are having economic issues of their own.
The students involved with the 21st Century After School program and members of the community are determined to make the Angel Tree project successful despite the hardships caused by the pandemic.
Online applications to receive Angel Tree assistance started Monday, Oct. 5 and will run through Friday, Oct. 30. Those interested can find the application form on the Perry County Angel Tree Facebook page. Murray said the cap limit for 2020 will be 500 children.