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News of Otsego County

Major Jim Smith

Angel Tree Helps Record 26 Family

PAPERS, SALVATION ARMY COOPERATE

Angel Tree Helps

Record 26 Family

Major (ret.) Jim Smith and newspaper Office Manager Larissa Ryan cheer after packing the van with gifts for a record 26 families served this year by readers of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.  In a normal year, 12 families are served; but this year, the 12 were snapped up in just two days.  Ryan, who organizes the drive for the newspapers, signed up for four more families, then another 10. Since one family had six children, and another five, a record number of children will find gifts under their Christmas Trees this year through the undertaking.  The newspapers’ Christmas drive goes back to the 1921, when Freeman’s Journal Editor & Publisher Rowan B. Spraker Sr. sign us up. (Tara Barnwell/AllOTSEGO.com)

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