This initiative was introduced in November 1986 when an "Angel Tree" was erected in the outer foyer of the Perth Detachment (now known as Lanark County OPP Detachment) and a total of 50 Angels were hung from the tree. The effort brought together the OPP, Lanark County CAS and several area municipal offices. Year one achieved its goal - a gift for each child on the tree. The program was started by PC Neil Fennell, now retired.
36 years later the OPP Community Angel Tree program continues to achieve that same goal. Unfortunately the need remains and the number of children and families assisted exceeds 600 annually. 700 this year! In order to meet that need, Angel Trees are now found at all the Municipal Offices within Lanark County and several businesses have also stepped up to serve as community partners.
Support from throughout Lanark County and beyond proves once again that our community is a caring, generous home to so many.
To sign up for an angel this year please visit https://www.dnetownship.ca/living-here/angel-tree
We thank you.
Provincial Constable Paige Whiting
Lanark County OPP Wish Tree Co-coordinator