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While most people have their sights set on football, Halloween and other fall activities, organizers of the Angels’ Wings gift-giving program have been busy getting ready for the Christmas season.

Organizers will soon be accepting applications for Angels’ Wings and for Stop the Cold, a program that provides new and gently used coats for children in need.

Angels’ Wings, sponsored by The Indiana Gazette, aims to make the holidays a little more special. By partnering with the Indiana County Community Action Program and calling on the public for help, Angels’ Wings has the potential to put gifts under local Christmas trees.

Those who want to register for inclusion in the program can do so at the ICCAP office, 827 Water St., Indiana, on the following dates: Sept. 16, 18, 20 and 30, on Oct. 2, 4, 16, 18, 28 and 30, and on Nov. 1, 4, 6 and 8. Hours of registration are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. each day.

As the holiday season draws closer, shoppers will see the Angels’ Wings trees pop up in stores and other county locations. These trees have tags on them with a child’s requests for gifts. Those interested in giving may pick a tag from a tree, purchase the gift, then return the unwrapped gift (tag attached) to any Angels’ Wings tree location. You may also choose to adopt a family by providing gifts and a Christmas meal to each member of the family.

The deadline to register for the Stop the Cold program is Nov. 1. Coat distribution details will be available when applications are approved. The last day to register for the Angels’ Wings program is Nov. 8.

Registration is open to those with income at 200 percent or less of the federal poverty guidelines. Veterans are also encouraged to apply. To qualify for these programs, applicants must bring:

• Proof of income

• Valid identification for parent or guardian

• Social Security cards for each child and adult living in the household

For more information about the program call the Gazette at (724) 465-5555, send an email to or check out the Angels’ Wings Facebook page. For questions about volunteering, call Linda Donnelly at (724) 388-3841.