Two women in Franklin County, Idaho are continuing a tradition of helping to provide for families in need this Christmas. For the past 13 years, Robin Berrett and Hidie Nye have been collecting money and gifts for children in their area.
The Angel Tree program will benefit 54 families in Franklin County.
Robin Berrett says she loves seeing the smiles on the faces of those they help.
“Not only the smiles,” she says, “but the little mamas that come in and get their big black garbage sack full of stuff, they just sit there and cry.”
Berrett says first on the list for most families is clothing, such as coats, boots, scarves, or hats. Then they add a toy or two.
“They are so grateful and so thankful for the help,” Barrett added. ” That’s what keeps us doing this.”
The gift suggestions are mounted on laminated pink and blue angel cutouts and hung on a tree.
The families who receive help remain anonymous. When the gift-giver takes an angel off the tree they only see a number and the items a child needs.
Most of the angels are all gone before Christmas. Monetary donations are also accepted. That allows Berrett and Nye to purchase presents for those angels not chosen on the tree.
The Angel Trees are on display at Big J’s and Stokes True Value in Preston, as well as Westside High School.
Volunteers are needed to help sort through the gifts. If you would like to help, you can call or text Berrett at (20) 760-0863 or Nye at (208) 220-9950.