"I thought it was very nice," said Alyssa McGoldrick, treasurer and holiday coordinator for the Angel Network, who said this was the first time a Christmas tree had been donated. "When it's a choice between heating your house or buying gas for the car (a) Christmas tree kind of falls by the way side."
McGoldrick said that this was the first year that the Angel Network would be donating a Christmas tree. She said the network had received requests for assistance from 37 families this year, which she said totaled to about 90 children. She also said that when the network started around eight years ago, 15 families had requested holiday assistance.
The network will be providing each child with a toy, as well as necessities, which can include food and clothing. Donations are being dropped off at St. Mary's Church in Cooperstown this Tuesday and picked up the following Thursday.
25 of these families are being sponsored by individuals and organizations in the community, while the remaining families are being provided for by funds from the network. McGoldrick said that one family that received assistance last year is actually sponsoring a family this year.
As for where the tree will be going, McGoldrick said that they hadn't chosen a family yet, and that a raffle will probably be held to determine which interested family in need receives it.
Artists Off Main at the Smithy’s holiday market is located on 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown, and is open Thursday through Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Its last day of operation will be on Dec. 22.
Those interested in donating to the Cooperstown Angel Network or signing up for its newsletter can email firstname.lastname@example.org.