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Hatteras Island Angel Gift seeks sponsors, donors, applicants

The coalition that implements the Hatteras Island Angel Gift program is seeking sponsors, donors and applicants for the upcoming holiday season. The program is provided in collaboration with individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations committed to providing Christmas joy for children on Hatteras Island.

Dare County Department of Health and Human Services works with these organizations to provide referrals, offer administrative support and identify family needs, as well as to help protect the privacy of the request.

Most of the giving is from local businesses, organizations and individuals. Donation boxes and angel requests are located in businesses for donors to sponsor. Monetary and toy donations are also accepted.

Volunteers will do shopping after the cutoff date for donations passes, which is on Dec. 1, 2020.

For those families in need of assistance this Christmas, applications for Hatteras Island Angel Gift are available to pick up and drop off at the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services Frisco campus. Applications are accepted now through Nov. 9, 2020.

Participants do not need to be a client of the Department of Health and Human Services to receive Angel Gift. Participants must live on Hatteras Island and gifts are provided only for a child or children in the custody of the applicant. Phone interviews will be required to verify information and assess needs once completed applications are submitted. Children 0-14 years of age eligible for sponsorship. Other children in the home with eligible children may be included if under 16 years of age and enrolled in school. For families that have received Angel Gift for three consecutive years, the application will be reviewed by the committee and sponsorship is not guaranteed. COVID-19 related situations will be taken into consideration.

For questions regarding the program or to make a donation, contact program coordinators Linda O’Neal with Hatteras United Methodist Church at 252-986-2149 or Jessica Nonnenmocher at 252-475-9343.

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