Angel Trees up a local retailer

Published 10:24 am Wednesday, November 29, 2023

There are two Angel Trees at the Brewton Walmart — one at each entrance — with ornaments ready for the taking.
The tradition of hanging ornaments holding the age and size of children in Escambia County has been a holiday offering for many years in the area.
Stephanie Walker, one of the organizers of the annual charity opportunity, said the Angels are serving a dual purpose again this year.
“This is the second year that we are using our angels to serve a double purpose,” Walker said. “Those choosing an angel from the tree may purchase a toy in memory of a child (or anyone) who has passed away. they can fill out the angel tag and we will send a special Christmas card to the person listed on the tag.
“There are so many people who have lost a child. (But actually, people can buy a toy in memory of any age person.)
“Hopefully the Christmas card lets families know their loved one is being thought of and honored,” Walker said.
Angels on the trees represent boys and girls ages 3 to 14 that will be served through the purchases made for each angel.
Toys must be delivered to the Greater Brewton Area Chamber of Commerce office during normal business hours by the close of business on Monday, Dec. 11. Toys should be new and unwrapped when delivered for sorting and distribution.
Dozens of volunteers will sort and bag the gifts for hundreds of children in the community with a distribution date to be determined nearer to the Christmas holiday.