NORTHSHIRE - The Community Sharing Project (CSP) got into 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.

The angel ornaments began being displayed on Nov. 25 in Rupert, Pawlet, Wells and Dorset Churches; the Berkshire Bank locations; and shops such as JK Adams, Gap, Carters, Black Sheep Yarns, Manchester Sports; General Stores such as Dorset Union Store, HN Williams, Wells Country Store, Nichols Store in Danby; and at area organizations such as Riley Rink, Dorset Nursing, The Pawlet Library, the Equinox Village and Mettowee Mill Garden Center.

Each ornament lists a clothing item for an area child or adult. Individuals simply take one or more ornaments, purchase that item and return the unwrapped, to any ornament location for collection by Friday, Dec. 13.

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

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 basket for CSP families.

The overall mission of Community Sharing Project is to provide a more bountiful holiday for neighbors in need. More than 200 families will receive new toys, clothes, boots and a holiday good basket complete with a turkey all thanks to the remarkable generosity of the community.

CSP will distribute these gifts on Friday Dec. 20.

Since 1991, the non-profit Community Sharing Project has brought holiday joy each year to families in Danby, Dorset, Pawlet, Rupert, and Wells.

For any questions about Community Sharing Project contact Beth Eyre at 867-2260. To make a monetary contribution, make a check payable to Community Sharing Project, c/o United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, P.O. Box 263, Dorset, VT 05251. All donations are tax deductible.