NORTHSHIRE - The Community Sharing Project (CSP) gets in full swing Thanksgiving weekend with the appearance of "Angel Trees" in a variety of area locations.

The Angel Trees are just one of the ways CSP encourages area citizens to donate new clothing items to families and children in need.

Starting Nov. 23., the angel ornaments will be displayed in Rupert, Pawlet, Wells and Dorset Churches; the Berkshire Bank Locations and shops such as JK Adams, Gap, Carter's, Black Sheep Yarns; general stores such as Dorset Union Store, HN Williams, Wells Country Store, Nichols Store in Danby; and area organizations such as Riley Rink, Dorset Nursing, The Pawlet Library, and Equinox Village.

This year Carter's Clothing Store is offering a special coupon to anyone purchasing an angel ornament. Choose two or more ornaments and receive 20 percent off.

Each ornament lists a clothing item for an area child or adult. Individuals simply take one or more ornaments, purchase that item and return it unwrapped, to any ornament location for collection by Friday Dec. 7.

The Community Sharing Project also collects food baskets, accepts cash donations, and sponsors a community wide toy drive. Donors can drop off an unwrapped toy at Hand Motors, Orvis or the Dorset Playhouse.

Area schools are also getting in the spirit. The Dorset School, Mettawee Community School, The Long Trail School, and Burr and Burton Academy students are collecting food baskets for CSP families.

The overall mission of Community Sharing Project is to provide a more bountiful holiday for neighbors in need. More than 170 families will receive new toys, cloths, boots and a holiday food basket complete with a turkey, all thanks to the generosity of the community.

CSP will distribute these gifts on Friday, Dec. 14. Since 1991, the non-profit Community Sharing Project has brought Holiday Joy each year to families in Danby, Dorset, Pawlet, Rupert and Wells.

For questions about Community Sharing Project contact Beth Eire at 867-2260.

To make a monetary contribution, make checks payable to Community Sharing Project, c/o United Church of Dorset, P. O. Box 263, Dorset, VT 05251. All donations are tax deductible.