JA’s Angel Tree close to volunteer’s heart

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 12, 2002

NATCHEZ &045; Janet Goldbach and her fellow Junior Auxiliary members are all out of &uot;angels&uot; for this year, and they couldn’t be happier.

Each year the organization covers a Christmas tree at AmSouth Bank’s Franklin Street branch with paper angel ornaments.

Each bears the name of a needy child. As of Thursday, all 240 names had been taken by people who signed up to buy them gifts.

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Goldbach, co-chair of JA’s Angel Tree Committee along with Jane DuBose, found it hard to express how rewarding her work with the program is. Yet she did say that one of the most rewarding things &uot;is seeing the community really get involved.&uot;

Goldbach has spent about 10 to 15 hours with the program this year. That included helping get children’s names from Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Department of Human Services and Catholic Charities and helping set up the tree. JA members, including Goldbach, also sat with the tree every day, writing down the names of those who picked up ornaments.

Goldbach was JA’s Education Chairperson last year, serves as the group’s corresponding secretary this year and co-chairs JA’s Partners in Education program with West Primary School.

But the Angel Tree, Goldbach said, is close to her heart.

&uot;It’s all for the children,&uot; she said.