Daily Union Staff Writer

Angel of Love workers are once again wrapping up another Christmas season, making the holidays a little brighter for less fortunate boys and girls in Shelby County.

Angel of Love coordinators Debbie Shoaff, Jill Wade, Brenda Martin and Phyllis Kull said the paperwork is done and volunteers will soon be arriving to distribute the gifts to various area communities.

On Monday, Cowden volunteers were at the warehouse picking up presents to go to the Cowden Community Building and on Wednesday, Scott Lantz and Kenneth Barr were loading up for Herrick.

The complete delivery/pickup schedule is listed below.

Herrick families may pick up their gift bags between 9 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, at the Herrick Community Center. Contact person is Kenny Barr.

Presents to Stewardson, Strasburg and Neoga are being delivered on December 15 by community volunteers Ron and Fawn Thomas.

Oconee families will have gift bags delivered to their homes Saturday, December 15 by Bill Shoaff and Larry Nohren.

Rick Prosser will have packages waiting at the Cowden Community Building for pick up on Wednesday, December 12 and Thursday, December 13 from 8-11 a.m.

Mode and Fancher families will receive their presents on Saturday morning, December 15. Russ and Belinda Bridges will handle the distribution.

Sigel presents will be delivered by Wilbert and Marilyn Kaufman.

Windsor families will be contacted directly by Windsor Angel of Love volunteers concerning pick up.

Shelbyville, Lakewood and Westervelt families may pick up their gifts from 8 to noon on Friday December 14 at the Angel of Love Warehouse, located on the corner of N. 12th St. and N. Broadway in Shelbyville. Delivery personnel are asked to use the entrance located in the middle of the building on the east side.

Stewardson/Strasburg, Sigel, Mode, Fancher and Oconee gift bags will be in the warehouse until Saturday morning. “If you live in one of those communities and wish to pick up your gift on Friday, it should be available at the warehouse,” said Shoaff.

The communities of Tower Hill, Findlay and Moweaqua conduct their own programs.

This is the second year Angel of Love has been administered by the tri-church association of St. Paul’s Lutheran, St. John’s Lutheran and First Presbyterian Church. Shoaff and Wade were the coordinators for First Presbyterian; Phyllis Kull coordinated for St. Paul’s and Brenda Martin was the representative for St. John’s. Next year, Shelby Christian Church will administer the project.

This is also the second year Angel of Love has been allowed to use the warehouse owned by Shelby County Community Services. “I can’t begin to tell you how much of a blessing this is. Having this large area to sort and wrap packages makes the job so much better,” added Shoaff.

Shoaff also expressed thanks to the many volunteers, donors, sponsors, and Angel of Love Tree Hosts who helped make it all possible once again. “Along with a cloud of unnamed angels, the children of Shelby County will have a Merry Christmas in 2007.”

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