During this busy holiday season, you can be an angel to service-dogs-in-training.
The Saint Francis Service Dogs Angel Tree is located near the escalator on the J.C. Penney end of the Tanglewood shopping center. On the tree you will find tags for all the pups that will potentially be matched with a disabled adult or child when that dog finishes his/her training.
The tags will be your shopping guide to gifts for the dogs at the Roanoke-area non-profit group.
What do the pups want from their angels? Gift cards from Lowes, Home Depot, PetSmart, Petco, Kroger and Walmart are great, because they allow the staff to get needed items throughout the year.
Also needed are nylabones, Kongs of all sizes, Milkbones, CharlieBear treats, Pup-eroni and Beggin’ Strips. (Bags of food are not on the wish list because the dogs are fed a specific diet.)
All the donations will directly support the puppy and training programs.
The tree will be at the mall until Dec. 15.
(FYI: I do work part-time in an administrative, non-fundraising role for Saint Francis Service Dogs, in addition to my freelance work here at roanoke.com and The Roanoke Times.)