Local children will once again benefit from the generosity of the community through the Angel Tree program.
The Angel Tree is a project of the Community Hamper Association, and association president Char Seeman said the tree generated hundreds of toy donations this year.
The number of toys purchased through the Angel Tree was down, but the association received enough cash donations to purchase toys and make up the difference.
Many companies came forward with cash donations this year, too, Seeman said.
She was pleased with the variety of toys this year.
The toys were set up in a "toy store" on December 19 and 20 in the basement of St. Giles' Anglican Church. Hamper recipients with a child or children dropped by the store to select a toy for each child, and some warm fuzzies, such as toques and mittens.
The Angel Tree was set up at the Estevan Wal-Mart in the first two weeks of December. Supporters plucked a cut-out angel from the tree – blue for boys and pink for girls – and purchased a toy. The toy was taken back to the tree, and then stored.
Cash donations were used to purchase toys as well.
A total of 148 hampers were filled as of December 18, Seeman said. The number of hamper recipients is down, but the hampers were larger this year. She expected that there would be a few last-minute hamper requests before Christmas, too.