Boy, age 9, wants socks and undies, size 10. Shoes would be nice, too, size 4. Girl, age 6, would like a warm outfit, size 8. These are two of the 252 angels available for adoption on the Meadows Library Angel Tree this year.

Angel’s gifts are returned to the library by Dec. 13 to be transported to Manna House for distribution.

It is nice that all donated gifts go to help local families. Angels range in age from infant to senior adults. Requested gifts vary from gift cards to a “light and sound toy” for a 10-month old baby girl. Reading the various needs makes you want to go shopping!

Stop by Meadows and choose an angel from the table at the front of the library. Sign out your angel at the circulation desk in the Angel Tree notebook.

Most people return the angel gifts in a shopping bag with the angel taped on the outside. It is inspiring to watch the growing pile of donated gifts under the library Christmas tree.

One Christmas a few years ago, I realized how much those gifts mean to families who would not otherwise celebrate the season of gift giving. I watched as parents received gifts designated for their children. There were expressions of sincere gratitude and appreciation.

Check the library website for operating hours during Thanksgiving and Christmas school breaks. We are normally open 58 hours each week, and will still be open for abbreviated hours even when the Midlothian school district is closed for the holidays. Call 972-775.3147 for more information.

Susie Casstevens serves as the librarian for the AH Meadows Public and High School Library. Contact Susie at 972-775-3417 ext 1061 or visit the web at