Gift-Givers Needed for Angel Tree in Watertown

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For Earnest Wash, the reason to take a child's name from the Angel Tree and buy him a gift is simple: he's showing a child someone cares.

"Kids they need affection they need love and there's a lot of kids that don't have that here in Watertown so I'm just trying to help out when I can," said Wash.

The Community Action Planning Council has put up the Angel Tree in the Salmon Run Mall. On the tree are the names of less fortunate kids, and their requests for Christmas presents. People who participate have until December 13 to return their gift. Organizers say shopping for a child is a community event, and they're making sure doing a good deed doesn't break the bank.

"Because everybody can take a part of it, we put a limit of 25 dollars on an angel, so that even if you don't have a lot of money, you can still take an angel off the tree," Mary Matthewson, who was also shopping for a child.

Wash is getting his "child," something he loved as a child.

"Board games 'cause I know when I was a kid I played a lot of board games. My dad and mother we had fun playing board games," said Wash.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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