FCCLA angel tree to benefit needy children

The Philip FCCLA chapter is again sponsoring the community Maggie Grace Angel Tree project. The angel tree, decorated with a large variety of angel ornaments, has been set up at the Haakon County Courthouse.

To donate to the project, leave an unwrapped toy, book or new article of clothing under the tree in the courthouse on or before Wednesday, December 15. Gifts are for children ages infant to teenage.

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. Extra gifts beyond the community need will be distributed by the Jackson Community Health Office and the Bennett County foster child program.

"Last year the response was very generous with over 200 gifts," said Brigitte Brucklacher, Philip FCCLA adviser. "We hope this year's giving equals or surpasses that generosity as there are many families and programs in need because of the economy. Help make a difference in the life of a child," said Brucklacher."

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 very rare respiratory bacteria. Maggie touched the hearts of many people in her short nine months of life. 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.

If you know of a child in need or would like more information, contact Brucklacher at the Philip High School, 859-2680.