The annual Angel Tree Project is underway to assist area families during the holiday season.

This project is a community-based outreach program to help assure an excellent Christmas for families in the community.

It is a partnership between the United Bank of Union and the Union Kiwanis Club, which identifies families who can be assisted with gifts of food and children’s gifts. Local individuals donate appropriate gifts for the identified children, which include clothing articles.

People can pick up angels at United Bank of Union locations. 

Gifts must be returned to the banks by noon Friday, Dec. 15, so Santa and his elves can deliver presents and Christmas hams to distressed families in the Union/Beaufort region.

This year there will be 50 families and 160 children in the Union R-XI School District who will be assisted with gifts and a ham. Last year there were 60 families helped with 180 children.

These gifts are then delivered by Santa and his elves shortly before Christmas to the families at their homes, and the children get to spend some time with Santa. Most children receive three or more age-appropriate gifts, all of which are donated.

The project has spanned more than 25 years, and is chaired by Aaron Hall of United Bank.