(Our Place Society)

As per tradition, Our Place volunteer Linda Ryder and her organization will be handing out presents to people who might otherwise go without.

Angel Gifts, a program that has been in existence for 15 years, will hand out more than 700 personalized gifts today to people living in poverty.

“It means so much to people to receive a gift that is meant just for them,” says Ryder. “I get so many hugs that I can’t stop smiling.”

Each gift is valued at about $40, and “angels” are encouraged to add a personal message to the recipient.

“It’s truly wonderful to witness the community coming together like this and spread the true meaning of Christmas,” says Don Evans, executive director of Our Place. “Each gift is greeted with a smile of appreciation, and the occasional giggle, which warms all our hearts.”

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