Blowing winds and changing leaves can only mean one thing - Christmas is just around the corner. But those without family or friends nearby are often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

In an effort to make sure Erath County's valued elderly residents are not forgotten this season, the Stephenville Senior Citizen's Center is hosting an Angel Tree for Meals on Wheels "Angels." The Angel Tree is located in the center on College Street.

Angels can be picked up Monday through Friday until Dec. 13. Gifts will be collected for distribution on Dec. 14.

Meals on Wheels of Erath County (MOWEC) Executive Director Whitney Lee said preparing for the Angel Tree each year is a highlight of the holiday season.

"We also have great support from the town for our angels," Lee said. "A lot of organizations get in together and adopt a group of angels. I know some of the local scout troops make a point to adopt an angel or two each year. I think it's a great way to involve families and children in holiday traditions."

Residents are encouraged to choose an angel from the tree and purchase gifts for your angel from local businesses. Your generosity can have a wonderful ripple effect when you give a homebound senior or disabled citizen some Christmas cheer while supporting your local merchants.

The suggested gifts on the back of each angel are the requests of Meals on Wheels participants. As Christmas approaches, these “Angels” wait with the same anticipation that keeps many children up on Christmas night.

Lee said last year MOWEC also excepted monetary donations for the Angel Tree and she plans to do so again this year.

"Many people want to help but just don't have the time to fit in one more shopping trip during this crazy time of year," Lee said. "So I got to go Christmas shopping with other people's money. I mean, it was the best of both world's so I think we'll do it again."

For more information, call 965-3510.