The Dunbar trees, in the local library and two churches, each carried about 30 paper angels – each angel described a recipient and their Christmas wishes, such as “a girl aged 12 – make-up”, “a boy aged 15 – aftershave” and “a girl aged 3 – soft toys, dolls, Frozen” – the wish-list is a guide, not prescriptive. The reverse of each Angel bore an identifying number and notes, including where to deposit the (unwrapped) gifts on November Saturdays. In Dunbar, 100 angels were soon taken away by kind-hearted people (‘angels’) and all but one resulted in gifts being handed in.
Rotarian Rena Keller introduced the project at Dunbar in 2021, ran it again in 2022, showcased it at the District Conference, and has inspired several other clubs to undertake Angel Trees in 2023.
For a full report on the 2022 Angel Trees, including hints and tips and more photos, contact Ian Dickson at Dunbar Rotary.
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