Saturday, December 19, 2015
The Christmas Angel Tree with Tina Radcliffe & a Drawing
Since I moved to Arizona in 2013, I no longer put up a Christmas tree. No, I’m not a Grinch. It just somehow seems counterintuitive to cut a perfectly good tree to decorate when it’s seventy-degrees outside and nary a snowflake in sight. My children are all over the United States and Christmas is any day that we are together, and that is never Christmas day.
Instead, I’d like to share some very special trees that have meaning for me. Like you I have always been very familiar with the Angel Tree. This year, I discovered that I really don’t know as much as I should.
Above is the Salvation Army Angel tree display at the Arrowhead Towne Center (Mall) in Glendale, Arizona. These pictures were taken by me early in the am, to avoid shoppers.
"Angel Trees are decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child in need of presents. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags."
- Salvation Army
What a wonderful way to put the meaning of Christmas back into the holiday. For those of you who are not familiar with the Salvation Army, this Christian organization reached out to assist THIRTY million people last year! Next time you see a Red Kettle volunteer, do say thank you, and maybe consider buying them a cup of hot cocoa to keep them warm outside in the cold as you enter that nice warm store to shop.
The above tree is Angel Tree Prison Fellowship that reaches out to children whose parents are in prison. Not only do they deliver presents but they deliver the Gospel. This ministry has been around for thirty years and was started by a prisoner.
“Christmas is coming soon, and Angel Tree's goal is to reach children of prisoners who hope for a Christmas filled with joy. They yearn for their absent parent's love, and more than that, they need to know that Jesus Christ can fill the void in their hearts and is able to bring healing and restoration to their families destroyed by crime.”-Angel Tree Prison Fellowship.
Merry Christmas, where ever in the world you are. If you’re in the Glendale, Arizona area let me know and while I don’t have a Christmas tree to show off, I do have plenty of tangerines to share.
Lest you think I am a total Grinch, I do have three copies of my January release from Love Inspired, Rocky Mountain Reunion to giveaway this holiday season. U.S. and Canada only as the ebook is has not yet been released!
A Second Chance at Forever
Nurse Anne Matson's structured life derails when a familiar patient enters her ER—the ex-husband she left ten years ago. Matthew Clark is the last person she expects to see in Paradise, Colorado, especially with a nine-year-old daughter. The single dad is running the town's biggest expansion project, but one thing stands in his way—Anne's Victorian home. When his daughter falls ill, and Anne volunteers to help with her care, Matt recognizes he's never stopped loving the spirited beauty. But how can he get her back when he plans to take all she has left…or can Anne see she has everything to gain—the family she's been denied?
Tina Radcliffe has been dreaming and scribbling for years. Originally from Western, N.Y., she left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. She is a former library cataloger who is happy to be back in libraries.
A two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner, Tina has won first place in over twenty RWA affiliated chapter contests. Tina currently resides in Arizona where she writes heartwarming romance. You can find her at www.tinaradcliffe.com