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Symmes Valley students form angel tree

AID TOWNSHIP — The bags and bags of wrapped packages were grouped on the floor of the Symmes Valley High School media center Thursday, giving the strong indication that Santa had already been there, weeks ahead of time.

In fact, he had.

Again this year, 101 needy children will get their Christmas wishes fulfilled, compliments of the SVHS community.

The school’s Beta Club organized an angel tree, using names of needy children submitted to the Lawrence County Department of Jobs and Family Services.

Club advisor Ken Shipley said sponsors at the school and within the community at large chose an angels off the tree and then went shopping.

“The Beta Club was the vehicle but everyone participated. The kids participated, the parents participated, teachers participated and people in the community did so as well,” Shipley said. “This was the work of a broad spectrum of people. I think the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Symmes Valley.”

Krista Ingels, Beta Club angel committee chairperson, said the angel tree was a chance to help those less fortunate.

“This allows us to help the community and give others a chance to have a better Christmas,” Ingels said. “It was very rewarding.”

The gifts were collected and taken to the JFS office for distribution.