The last gift for the Angel Tree Program was given on December 22. The community was very generous and United Way only had to purchase for one family.
“It is because of them we were able to provide Christmas for 604 kids, which was 235 families,” said United Way director Carole Wright about the program’s many sponsors. The program had 33 sponsors and United Way of Utah County once again took 100 of the Angels from the tree. A U-Haul was rented to transfer the gifts from Provo down to Carbon County.
“We had a great response to ‘Stuff the Truck’ at Walmart,” said Wright. “We collected $72.00 and enough toys to help 13 kids with toys left over. We also received items from Carbon High clubs, besides the 36 angels they adopted and from the physician’s association, which we also used to supplement some gifts.”
Again this year, Guy Seidel and The Tuscan hosted Comedy Cares. Attendance was lower than usual due to other events happening in town but it was still able to give a little over $1,200.
Adobe in Lehi called Wright recently and is going to make a donation to the Angel Tree Program. There was a mixup that resulted in Adobe not receiving any of the Angels. They have ties to Carbon County and want to support the program.
“I know we have had our struggles this year with finances. However, I still feel we have been able to put into action our mission statement and have truly benefited the lives of many in our community,” stated Wright. “With the support of some great community partners, I look forward to next year.”
Wright and the rest of the members of United Way would like everyone in the community to know that their support over the past year has meant a lot to them.