The Pleasant Plains Community Club Angel Tree was adorned with "angels,” each one representing individuals or families in need within the community. Each year, they are also a symbol of hope and an opportunity for residents to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors this holiday season.
INB is again home to the tree. While the 89 angel cards are already gone, you can stop in during regular branch hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to take a stocking to fill or make a cash donation to the Community Club's Angel Tree account.
In addition to children and families, this year’s tree includes residents of Walker Nursing Home in nearby Virginia.
Each stocking on the tree has information about the recipient's age, gender, clothing sizes, and a few gift wishes. The wishes often include essential items such as winter clothing, toys, or household necessities. Anyone can choose a remaining stocking from the tree, purchase the requested gifts, and return them to INB for distribution. All stocking should be have the gift tag still attached.
History of the Event
The Pleasant Plains Community Club Angel Tree is an annual tradition that started as a small-scale effort to assist a few local families facing financial difficulties during the holidays. Over the years, the initiative gained momentum and transformed into a beloved, community-wide event.
The event's success can be attributed to the dedication and hard work of the Community Club, a group of local volunteers who organize and oversee the Angel Tree project. Their efforts, combined with the generosity of the community, have allowed the program to grow and help an increasing number of families in need.
The Impact of the Angel Tree
The impact of the Pleasant Plains Community Club Angel Tree extends far beyond the gifts and essentials provided to recipients. It fosters a sense of unity and goodwill.
For families in need, the Angel Tree is a source of comfort and joy during. It ensures parents can see their children's faces light up with excitement as they unwrap gifts on Christmas morning, even when finances are tight. They also lift the spirits of seniors who often have too many hours of solitude.
For the volunteers who make the Angel Tree possible, it's a labor of love and a chance to make a positive difference in their hometown.
For members of the community, the tree helps us remember that the true spirit of Christmas lies in giving and supporting one another. I’m proud our branch plays such an important role in this annual tradition.