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Angel Tree Program

November 18, 2008

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MACOMB, IL -- "In charity there is no excess" -- Sir Francis Bacon, "Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature" (1625).

For the 15th consecutive year, Western Illinois University's accountancy honorary Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) and the accountancy department are sponsoring the Angel Tree Program.

The Angel Tree Program provides holiday gifts and necessities to foster care children and teenagers in McDonough, Fulton, Warren, Henderson and Hancock counties. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) from each of the counties has provided Beta Alpha Psi with the name, age, gender, size and "wish list" of each child. The goal of Beta Alpha Psi is to provide each child with three gifts.

Anyone interested in participating in the Beta Alpha Psi Angel Tree Program should contact Becky Hall, accountancy department, at (309) 298-1152 or Please include: your name, campus phone and location. Cash donations are also welcome (checks payable to Beta Alpha Psi Angel Tree Program). If donations exceed the amount needed for the foster children, food baskets will be provided to families in need.

"We truly appreciate the kindness and generosity of our 'angels' over the years," said Cheryl Westen, BAP adviser and accountancy instructor. "While there is always a great need for donors, this particular holiday season will certainly see an even greater need given the current economic situation facing our country. We hope to help least 60 children this year. If everyone at Western participated, we could make these children's and families in need holidays unforgettable."

Donors are asked to securely attach the angel tag with the child's name to the outside of the wrapped package and to indicate the type of gift(s), such as toy/clothing, that have been purchased. Gifts must be ready to be picked up or delivered to the accountancy department, Stipes Hall 418, by 4:30 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 5.

Posted By: Darcie Shinberger (
Office of University Communications & Marketing