By AMY RICKER
Great Bend Post
Like many holiday events this year, the Sunflower Diversified Services 4th Annual Angel Tree will be a little different this year.
In past years, the tree has been set up and decorated with paper angels that list Sunflower's clients' needs and wants. People could pick which angel they wanted to shop for off of the tree, purchase the items themselves, and then return the gifts to Sunflower to deliver.
This year, however, the Angel Tree will be at the new UPS/Westside Market, and due to COVID, Sunflower Diversified CEO Jon Prescott says they are asking for private donations only.
"I didn't want to cancel this event at all because it's been extremely successful for the last four years, and most of these clients wouldn't get a Christmas. This has been such a heartwarming experience for them, so there was no way I was going to cancel it. I thought the best way to do it was to request that the community that wanted to be part of this event just to make a donation."
Prescott says the donations will be used to purchase Christmas gifts that their clients have requested.
"Some of our clients ask for puzzles, games, hobby supplies like beads because they like to make things. We've had to keep a lot of our clients home and haven't had a chance to survey what they are wanting or needing prior to the tree going up, so we are surveying them now."
To be part of the 4th annual Angel Tree, you can make a donation at the UPS Store at 5583 10th Street in Great Bend, or if you prefer, you can mail your donation to Sunflower Diversified, Attention: Angel Tree, 1521 K-96, in Great Bend. Checks can be made out to the Sunflower Foundation and on the memo line, add "Angel Tree."