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Earth Angel season marks its 10th year

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 8:27 a.m. CST

Earth Angel season is upon us, marking our 10th year, and Earth Angels are wanted for 2013. Drop sites for toy donations or military mail will be starting the week of Nov. 11 at various locations.

Please help bring a little joy into the life of a child in need this holiday season. Earn your Earth Angel wings by sponsoring a child for Christmas. Our goal is to reach out to families currently living in Ogle County (but with your help, no family in need will be turned away). If you know a family in need, even if it's your own family, please come forward. All information is kept confidential.

What's most important are gender and ages so gifts can be bought and distributed accordingly. You can still earn your wings by volunteering to help wrap, pick up, or deliver when the time comes, even if it's for an hour or two. Together, we can make Ogle County the largest group of bell-ringing Earth Angels again this year.

The deadline for toys is Dec. 20 at each drop site. Gifts and donations will be accepted at the Mount Morris Senior Center through Christmas. Last year, we reached out to 972 children (62 from military families), and our troops received slightly more than 2,000 pieces of mail.

Monetary donations can be mailed to Earth Angel, P.O. Box 188, Forreston, IL 61030, or to Forreston State Bank, Earth Angel Fund, 200 Main St., P.O. Box 278, Forreston.

Donations can be made via Pay Pal to Earth Angels Wanted-Fundraiser. Go to our website, or Facebook page Earth Angel Granny (Linda Straith), or email

Questions? Call 815-291-7757 and ask for Granny. I believe in Santa still, don't you? Thank you and God bless.

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