Angel Tree sponsored by FCCLA at First National Bank

To list a child in need or for more information, contact Brucklacher at Philip High School 859-2680. Shown, standing: Emma Slovek. Kneeling, from left: Sayde Slovek and Jennifer Stangle.

The Philip chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is again sponsoring the community Maggie Grace Angel Tree.

Members of FCCLA set-up and decorated the Angel Tree after school on December 1. Due to the plumbing construction in the Haakon County Courthouse, the Angel Tree is on display at the First National Bank in Philip.

"The turn around time to pick up the gifts is December 15," urged Brigitte Brucklacher, FCCLA advisor.

The Philip FCCLA chapter. in conjunction with the local churches and the Haakon Community Health Office, will distribute the donations to children in need in the Philip area. Any and all gifts beyond our community needs will be distributed by the Jackson Community Health Office and the Bennett County foster child program.

"Last year the response was tremendous with over 300 items collected under the tree," said Brucklacher. "We hope this year's giving equals or surpasses that amount, as there are many families and programs in need because of the economy."

Maggie Grace was born on February 20, 2002, to Doug and Karen Mehlhaff, Rapid City. On December 10, 2002, Maggie died suddenly from complications of a rare respiratory bacteria. The angel tree is dedicated in Maggie's memory in the hope that needy children in the area will be shown the spirit and love of Christmas.

To donate to the project, leave an unwrapped toy, books or new article of clothing under the tree on or before Tuesday, December 15. Gifts are for children ages infant to teenage. To list a child in need or for more information, contact Brucklacher at Philip High School, 859-2680. "Help make a difference in the life of a child," said Brucklacher.