Blankets in bags

Angel Tree program assists families in need during holidays

  • The General Brown Central School District’s annual Angel Tree program this year combined the generous efforts of many to provide gift cards and blankets to district families in need.

    First, Dexter and Brownville-Glen Park elementary schools hosted a gift card drive asking for donations of $25 Walmart gift cards to help families in the district who receive food from the Backpack Program. In addition to what was collected from General Brown families, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Brownville donated gift cards toward the effort. 

    The Angel Tree program expanded when another group in the district jumped on board and committed to making blankets for all the families in the Backpack Program.

    Under the direction of Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Hannah Cottrell, students in the General Brown chapter of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) took home kits to make 25 blankets.

    According to Cottrell, the club wanted to complete a project to give back to the community, and making the blankets allowed them to do community service together while not physically being together. The project caught the attention of other students, and three new members joined the club. 

    In addition, seventh-grade Home and Careers students sewed quilt squares that Cottrell put together to make 11 more blankets.

    The gift cards and blankets were distributed this past week.