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Won't You be a Wyandotte Angel for a Needy Child?

We're inviting our readers to sponsor a child through our virtual Salvation Army angel tree.

For the second consecutive year, Wyandotte Patch is partnering with the Salvation Army to put Christmas presents under the trees of some needy children.

The Salvation Army is on tap to help 4,000 area children this year alone.

While the Downriver Salvation Army Corps has a number of Christmas-related programs, its signature event is its Toy Shop, where parents can come and pick out toys for their children, ages newborn to 14.

The gifts are donated through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, which partners with area businesses, churches and civic organizations to collect the toys.

That’s where you come in.

Wyandotte Patch is hosting a virtual angel tree and is inviting our readers to select a child they’d like to sponsor.

The Salvation Army has assigned us with 50 paper cutouts, each designating a deserving child. Many toys have already been donated for younger children, so the Salvation Army has earmarked children ages 9 to 14 for our collection drive.

To “pick” an angel off our tree, post a comment below. Let us know if you prefer a boy or girl and what age (9-14). Or, we’ll be happy to select a child for you.

It’s then time for you to head to the store and purchase a gift or two for your child. The presents should be new, age-appropriate and unwrapped.

When you’re done shopping, you can either drop off your gift at Tongue’s Protein Bar and Chill Lounge or call us at 734-276-9722 to arrange a pickup. We have partnered with Tongue’s and they are serving as our official drop-off location. They also have paper angels inside their business that can be picked up and shopped for.

All gifts must be turned in by 5 p.m. Dec. 12.

In addition to toys, the Salvation Army also provides the families it helps with a food box and a Kroger gift card. Donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items also are needed and can be dropped off at Tongue's, as well.

If you represent a business, organization or an extra generous family and you wish to adopt multiple children, please email Wyandotte Patch Editor Jason Alley at jason.alley@patch.com.

Erin LaBeau December 06, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Hi Jason, one girl and one boy for me please!... any ages. Thank you:)
Jennifer Schmidt-Miller December 06, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Hi there- two children please; any age and gender. Thanks!!!
Jenna Smith December 06, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I would love to help!!! A boy please any age
Jason Alley (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 01:10 AM
That's awesome, Erin. Thanks! I've picked an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 01:15 AM
That's great, Jennifer. Thanks so much! I've picked a 9-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Thanks so much! I've picked a 14-year-old boy for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Tracie Stec December 06, 2012 at 01:25 AM
We would like to sponsor 3 children.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 01:30 AM
How generous. Thanks very much, Tracie! I've picked a 9-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Paula December 06, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I would like to sponsor a boy and a girl.
Matt Dudzinski December 06, 2012 at 02:18 PM
We'll sponsor two toddler age kids. Any gender.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 03:16 PM
That's great, Paula. Thanks! I've picked an 11-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Hey, Matt. The local Salvation Army is all set on gifts for younger children, so they've assigned us older kids this year, ages 9 to 14. If that works for you, let me know and I'll be able to find two children for you.
Wendy Doute-Lacroix December 06, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Jason did you send out the detailed emails yet?If you did, I did not receive it :)
Jason Alley (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Hey, Wendy. The emails have not gone out yet. They should soon. Thanks.
Matt Dudzinski December 07, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Yes Jason, that's fine
Jason Alley (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Thanks, Matt. I've picked out two 9-year-old girls for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Karen Woehrle Williamson December 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I would like to be part of this. Please pick a child for me :)
Loree falandysz December 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I'd love to help pick me a child any age.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Thanks, Karen. I've picked out a 13-year-old girl for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 09:59 PM
That's great! I've picked out a 10-year-old boy for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Patty Mashike December 08, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Hi Jason, my daughter and I would like to sponsor to girls please. We have been helping families every year for many years now. We love helping those in need. We are not well off but we are not in need either and someone is always worse off then us so it makes us feel good doing this every year. We look forward to getting the information. Thanks so much for all you do.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Thanks, Patty. What a powerful message to be teaching your daughter. That's great. I've picked out two girls -- ages 12 and 14 -- for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Amanda-Grace Godsell December 08, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Girl Please :)
Leslie Affholter December 08, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Choose one for me...Thanks!
Carrie Swihart December 08, 2012 at 04:24 PM
We would love to help out. Please pick two for my family :)
Shellie Cade December 08, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Hi myself (and my fb friends who are pitching in) would like to have 2 (as of now ) of your oldest kiddos 1 boy and 1 girl PLEASE :)
Jason Alley (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Sure thing! Thanks. I've picked out a 14-year-old girl for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Thanks, Leslie. I've picked out a 13-year-old boy for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 08:48 PM
That's great, Carrie. I've picked out two 11-year-old girls for you. I'll email you privately with more information.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Hey, Shellie. How nice to get your Facebook friends involved. What a great collaboration! I've picked out a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy for you. I'll email you privately with more information.

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