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      Want to give back? Become an angel

      If you're looking for a way to give back this holiday season, there is still time to become an angel to a local child.

      The I Care program is currently hosting their annual Angel Tree drive. Local children whose families cannot afford to buy them toys and clothes sign up for the items they would like. Their requests are hung on the Angel Tree in Keith's Foods in Bloomfield, and anyone who is able can choose a child and purchase their items.

      "Each child gets two angels, one has clothes, and one's toys," explained Sherry Ryan, head of the Angel Tree program. "You can take one, two, clothes, toys, whatever you want to get. We have just been so lucky having all the volunteers and people that help out and it really is wonderful."

      Ryan said there were 90 children on the tree this year, and a few of their wishes are still hanging on the tree. Volunteer angels can drop off their purchased gifts at Keith's Foods, or bring them by the Fairgrounds in Fairfield on Monday, December 12, where they will be collected.

      In addition to the angel gifts, Keith's Foods also puts together food boxes of meats and fresh produce, that will be delivered to about 100 local families.

      Ryan said the tree is a wonderful way to make sure kids less fortunate are still able to receive the toys they want and the clothes they need at the holidays.

      If you don't have time to become an angel this year, the I Care program accepts donations year round. Checks can be made to the I Care Program and mailed to the Bank of the West in Bloomfield.