Program provides holiday cheer for teenagers

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Area residents once again have the opportunity to put a holiday smile on a young person's face this December, by contributing to the Teen Angel program. Donors take part in the effort by adopting a teen for Christmas gifts.

This program provides Christmas gifts to disadvantaged children between 13 and 18, or 21 if handicapped, according to Bill Tschoerner, who is helping to coordinate the effort this year.

Youth served by the Teen Angel program are not provided for by other programs and are often disappointed at Christmas when young siblings get gifts from Toys for Tots and others.

The program, which was sponsored by Evergreen Funeral Home in previous years, is being sponsored by the Nevada Lion's Club this year. Those who wish to adopt a teen can pick up adoption cards and make contributions at the Osage Prairie RV Park Office, 1501 N. Osage Blvd., in Nevada.

"Our office is open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., daily, but please feel free to come by anytime and ring the doorbell. If you don't have time to shop for gifts, make a monentary contribution and Lions members will select gifts in your name," Tschoerner said.

Gifts also should be delivered to Osage Prairie RV Park office no later than Dec. 17. From there, the Lions Club volunteers will deliver the gifts to the National Guard Amory on Dec. 21. for distribution to the teens.

For further information, contact Bill or Julie at (417) 667-2267.