Wanda English Burnett
is grateful to the five donors who have given to the Angels
of Giving program hes involved with.
However, he knows its not enough to cover the 132 applicants
that represent over 500 people so far this year who are in need.
Last year there were over 90 donors to cover the massive needs
of the county.
Warren has been on the giving end of the program in Ripley County
for the past ten years. But, hes also known times of need,
especially as a child. Were desperate for help,
Warren told The Versailles Republican as tears came to
He remembers comments made to him in past years such as one
mother who said, If it wasnt for you, we wouldnt
Warren says its far from him being the sole person in
the Angels of Giving organization. There have been a host of
volunteers over the years who have donated their time and resources
to help. Weve helped so many people over the years,
Not only does the group put smiles on the faces of children,
they also provide for needs of the elderly. Some might
need food - others may ask for a warm winter coat or blankets,
Shanna Joseph, another volunteer with the program noted this
year she is seeing a lot of requests for household items such
as laundry detergent or soap. People are really in need,
No gift is too small, Warren said. He said they
appreciate every cent from a handful of change to large checks.
It all adds up, he said.
People can adopt a family or just one person, Warren
continued. He said the group wont turn away any donation,
non-perishable foods are accepted as well.
One year a donor bought Christmas dinner with all the
trimmings for four families, Warren recalled. That
really meant a lot to those families.
The group that helps those in need across the county will continue
their mission one family at a time - one person at a time,
according to Warren.
Warren says the group checks with other similar agencies that
give Christmas to make sure applicants arent overlapping.
They fill needs for those in need and sometimes are able to
fulfill some wishes for toys for children.
Joseph is passionate about the program she has volunteered in
for several years. I couldnt stand for a child not
to get something on Christmas, she said. She spends numerous
hours shopping, organizing, wrapping, sorting, and handing out
bags of goodies.
Those giving should have their donations given no later than
December 8 so Santas helpers have time to organize the
Last year they completely filled a building at the Ripley County
Fairgrounds Park in Osgood.
As we sit around the Thanksgiving table this year, lets
not forget those less fortunate...Im counting on people
to come through, Warren concluded.
You can contact Joseph at 756-0958 or Warren at 689-4427 or
756-2560 if youre interested in giving. Checks may be
made out to Angels of Giving marked gifts.