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Small World’s Angel Program Brings Holiday Cheer to Area Children (November, 2005)

Small WorldThe Small World organization expected to solicit donations for about 900 families this year, but with Thanksgiving Day not even here, Rudy Andrea, board member and public relations representative, says the organization has the names of about 1200 families and could receive more.

At the Small World Board meeting Wednesday night the board stressed that angel donations should be unwrapped and also noted that cash donations are helpful in this season when families have specific needs that may not be met by toy and clothing donations.

Even in affluent cities such as Frisco, some families need help to bring holiday joy to their children and the Small World organization is setting out to make sure that happens.

Last year this non-profit organization helped more than 1,000 children through its angel tree program. The organization, which began in 1996, started its program by helping a small group of 15 children. Now, it is reaching out to Frisco, McKinney, Little Elm and The Colony. The organization is called With Love, It’s A Small World and was founded by former Frisco Independent School District teacher, Thamara DeLeon. As an elementary teacher, she saw that many Frisco families were in need. She founded Small World with the idea that the programs would enhance the education of children by providing clothing, shoes and other items taken for granted by many families.

In addition to the angel program, Small World is active in a Back-To-School supply program and an impressive scholarship program that has been very supportive of the Frisco Education Foundation. The board of directors is comprised of DeLeon, Andrea, Don Bolen, Dick Bowman, Jacqueline Bowman, Ron Polston, Rick Reedy, Denise Wharton, and James White.

This month kicks off the angel program. Angel trees will go up in area businesses and corporations during the next week. Gifts and donations may be accepted any time during the next few weeks. Families will pick up their gifts on December 19 and 20 at the Frisco ISD Distribution Center. Forms have been sent home to FISD families asking them to adopt an angel. Angel trees will be appearing in the community after Thanksgiving. If your family is interested in adopting an angel or two, contact Denise Wharton, social worker at Bright Elementary School and Small World board member. She may be reached at