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Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 9, 2017 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 9, 2017 and The Weekly Packet, November 9, 2017
Christmas Angels program gets going for 29th year

The Christmas Angels Program provides gifts of warm clothing to children in need residing in Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Surry, Orland, Deer Isle and Stonington. Last year, 155 children were served from a total of 59 families. The program, coordinated by the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, depends on the generosity of individuals, clubs and businesses. This year’s featured angel is by Gage Hardie, the 2015 Christmas Angel poster contest winner.

Each Angel (volunteer shopper) will be provided with a detailed list of a child’s clothing wishes, including age (infants to 18 years), size and any specific needs. Individuals can shop for one or more children, and clubs or businesses are encouraged to organize teams to shop for one or more families. Shopping will take place in November and early December, with distribution of the gifts beginning on December 7.

You can also help by donating books and stuffed toys or making a financial donation. New or “like new” books and stuffed toys can be dropped off in Fisher Hall (downstairs at the church), in the container marked “Christmas Angels.” Checks made out to First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, with a notation “Christmas Angels,” can be mailed to P.O. Box 444, Blue Hill, 04614.

If you would like to be an Angel, contact Ruth Miller at ruth@ustiger.net or 374-2003. To receive assistance from the program, stop by the church office (22 Tenney Hill) to pick up a registration form or contact Dale Quinby at 610-9611. Early sign-up by November 17 is highly recommended and appreciated, but all who contact the Angels by December 1 will receive assistance.