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BankTrust erects Angel Tree

For the sixth consecutive year, BankTrust will participate in the Black Friday tradition shared by so man families when it puts up its Christmas tree. But, while most Christmas trees provide cover to varied collections of gifts, BankTrust’s holiday staple is a giving a tree.

The Angel Tree program, a shared effort between BankTrust and the Salvation Army, allows community members to make Christmas brighter for an “angel” nearby.

“Lots of people look forward to us having the tree and they come every year,” Linda Glass, who is over the project, said.

This year, BankTrust collected 35 names from the Salvation Army. Before the tree was even up, more than a dozen of those were adopted.

“The Salvation Army brought us 35 names (Tuesday),” Glass said. “And we had 12 walk out the door before I even got them in the ledger.”

The information for each needy child is placed on a paper ornament and hung on the Angel Tree. Each ornament contains the child’s first name, age, gender and sizes for various articles of clothing as well as a few suggestions for toys.

“We have the ornaments on the tree. People come in and walk around the tree and try to find a name,” Glass said. “A lot of people try to find a child close to their own child’s age so they can help shop and learn about giving instead of getting during the holidays.”

The tree was set to be posted Friday. Angels can be adopted at the downtown branch of BankTrust.

“They ask that you keep your purchase around $50,” Glass said. “You can spend as much or as little as you want to or can afford but $50 in this case goes a long way.”

All gifts should be unwrapped and turned in to BankTrust by mid-December. All purchases for the project are tax deductible.