GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - A long-standing tradition for the Grand Canyon and surrounding towns, the community food basket and angel tree program reaches out to those who might need a little extra help during the holidays. Community food baskets and Christmas angel presents are collected and distributed to the communities during the month of December.
For the last year six years Carrie Putz, assistant store manager at the Grand Canyon General Store, has planned and coordinated the program.
Recipients from Grand Canyon Village, Tusayan and Valle have their needs met by those willing to give a little extra.
Helen West co-coordinator the program in Valle and said without the program's help, many families would go without for the holidays. For them and everyone involved in, the impact of the program keeps it alive year after year.
After the angel gift tags are hung on Christmas trees, each containing a child's name, age and gender. An 'angel' purchases a gift for that child and brings the unwrapped gift and tag back to the store.
After the gifts are collected a gift-wrapping party takes to wrap the gifts.
On Dec. 17 the Grand Canyon General Store alsofilled the community food baskets.
Food baskets and gifts are then delivered to Grand Canyon Village and Tusayan by Pastor Patrick Dotson of the Grand Canyon Community Church and employees of Xanterra.
Delaware North employees and other volunteers also helped distribute baskets and gifts to Valle residents
This year, 120 food baskets and 139 angel gifts were gathered and distributed between the three communities.