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Albany ARC solicits gifts for 'angels'

Albany Herald - 11/19/2018

Nov. 19--ALBANY -- Albany Advocacy Resource Center is accepting gifts and donations for its Albany ARC Angel Tree program until Dec. 17. Individuals who wish to provide a gift this holiday season can select an "angel" from a list of persons the agency serves.

The Angel Tree program provides gifts on Christmas day for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in southwest Georgia. Many of the gift recipients Albany ARC serves live with limited incomes and are "unable to purchase even basic items like a bathrobe, new socks or undergarments." Many also live alone and have no family support.

Gift-givers can select an angel to "adopt," and an ornament representing that angel will be placed on the angel tree. The goal is to have a tree full of angels in time for Christmas. For individuals who wish to support the Angel Tree program without purchasing a gift, monetary donations can be made and ARC "elves" will shop for presents instead.

Gifts can be dropped off at 2200 Stuart Ave. until Dec. 17.

Albany ARC has fought for independence, community inclusion and true citizenship for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in southwest Georgia since 1963. A press release from Albany ARC states that the agency believes that all people "have the right to participate in community life and to control their own destinies," meaning individuals are able to live in their own homes, have friends, shop, work and experience all the benefits of a normal life.

Supporting the Angel Tree program is a way to help those less fortunate during the holiday season. All donations benefit individuals in need in the southwest Georgia region.

For more information, contact Marcy McCarty at mmccarty@albanygaarc.org or call (229) 888-6852, extension 209. Secure donations can be made online at www.albanyarc.org.

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