This year (2012) the codgers elected to participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The SA volunteers place Christmas Trees at business locations around the community. The trees are decorated with tags that contain the first name and “wish list” of less fortunate children in the area. Members of the community remove the tags and purchase the items on the children’s list. The gifts are segregated by child and returned to the merchant location where the tags were chosen. The SA volunteers pick up the gifts, wrap, and distribute them to insure the kids have a Merry Christmas.
We “passed the hat” at Codger Lodge and with $500 in donated funds, the codgers chose five names from the Wood County Federal Credit Union Angel Tree. On the appointed day, six sleepy-eyed codgers met at the local Wal-Mart store for an early morning shopping spree. By shopping early we enjoyed and greatly appreciated the help and advice from the store’s staff. Before the sun was awake the early-bird codgers converted the $500 into a “Merry Christmas” for five kids. The gifts could not be delivered until the credit union opened for business at 09:00. Killing time is never a problem with us codgers. We elected to adjourn to the local Bob Evans restaurant and indulge in another of our favorite activities, eating breakfast. Gene Smith sponsored that activity. By 09:30 the gifts were delivered and ready for the SA volunteers.