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O The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana t. I I December 25, 1987 00hristmas ma, " , I Family shares blessings with others By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer The morning after Thanksgiving, Angie Grey got uat 6:30 and headed for a local discount store. She wanted to be the first in line to buy aCabbage Patch doll. This Christmas morning, a little girl named Andrea will find that Cabbage Patch doll under her Christmas tree. Mrs. Gray has never met An- drea and she probably never will. She's never met Andrea's two brothers either, but she's spent a lot of time and money thfal] looking for toys and clothing for the three children. For the second year in a row, Mrs. Gray and several members of her family have adopted a needy Evansville family as part of a Christmas program through Catholic Charities. The family they adopted this year has three children. The oldest boy needed a coat and wanted He-Man figures. The lit- tle girl asked for a Cabbage Patch doll. They will receive tm. The family will also receive several bags of groceries pur- chased by Mrs. Gray's family. They will receive a gift cer- tificate for dairy and meat pro- ducts at a local grocery. They were also given several items that can't be purchased with food stamps, such as laundry detergent, cleansers, paper towels and napkins. Mrs. Gray and her family became part of the adoption program last year, when Mrs. Gray called Catholic Charities. "I wanted to donate a food basket and was told about the Christmas program." She told her husband, Rob, and her parents, Bob and JoAnn Hornbrook about the family adoption program and they wanted to help. So did her sisters and brothers-in-law, Sheri and Ron White and Jana and Danny Hobbs, and her aunt, Donna Allgood. This year, after the family was given information about their adopted family, they each purchased clothing and tvys for the children. They "pr'!ed things out of their kitchen cabinents and went to the grocery." Then, one Sunday, the entire family gathered to "see what everyone bought and to wrap the gifts." Mrs. Gray said the experience has helped "bring Christmas back into perspective" for her family. She believes it "opened the eyes" of her seven-year-old twin sons, Robbie and Ryan. "We tried to make them aware," of people who are less fortunate, she said. "I hope through this, they will appreciate what good for- tune we have. Their dad has a steady job. I hope they will ap- preciate what they do have and become more aware of things around them -- and help those less fortunate." She added, "We could have started a long time ago, when they were three or four." And so this Christmas morn- ing, as she watches Robbie and Ryan rip open packages and try out their new toys, Mrs. Gray will also be thinking of a little girl named Andrea and a Cab- bage Patch doll. "I'll be wondering if the kids are thrilled to death -- I hope they are. I hope they are as thrilled with the toys as we were buying them. Seven-year.old twins Robbie (right) and Ryan Gray sit behind gifts for their adopted family. They are the sons of Angie and Rob Gray of Evansville. -- Message Photo by Mary Ann Hughes Smithsonian Institution cel00b:rates Christmas By KATHARINE BIRD NC News Service Every year, just about the me most people are putting eir ornaments away and discarding their once proud tree, planning begins for "The Trees of Christmas" exhibit in the Museum of American History in Washington, part of the Smithsonian Institution. Extensive preparation is necessary, Michael Carrigan ex- plained, partly because "peo- ple work for an entire year on eghe ornaments" for the trees. Carrigan is the assistant direc- tor in charge of exhibitions at the museum. He talked about the exhibit, which is co-sponsored with the Smithsonian's office of hor- ticulture, from his office which has a spectacular view of the Washington Monument. The 1987 exhibit showcases 10 trees all adorned with hand- made crafts. Each tree has its own theme and is decorated by a different group. The tree with macrame or- naments, for instance, is the handiwork of a group of senior citizen women. Another tree features ' 'Christbaumschnitte- Scherenschnitte" (paper cut- ting) ornaments created by a group following German and Swiss traditions. When the time comes for assembling the exhibit, JASPER SER VICE AND SHOPPING GUIDE Buehlers I.G.A. "THE THRIFTY HOUSEWIFE'S SOURCE OF SAVINGS" QUALITY FOODS and MEATS Al.o Huntlngburg and oakland City KREMPP First United Federal Savings Bank MORTGAGE LOANS SAVINGS ACCOUNTS INSURED UP TO $100,000 510 MAIN, JASPER 482-5633 LUMBER CO. _ - .=,=. . 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