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With the approaching holiday season, it is important to acknowledge and support those members of our community who have lost a loved one and may be suffering a sense of dread, loneliness and sadness.
In recognition of this, the Lockhart Police Department Victim Assistance Team is extending an invitation to everyone in Lockhart and the surrounding communities to attend

the Tree of Angels ceremony at the First Lockhart Baptist Church, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 at 7 p.m.
In 1991, the Tree of Angels was initiated in Austin, Texas by Verna Lee, Executive Advisor of People Against Violent Crime, to recognize that the holiday season is a difficult time for victims and their families.
However, anyone who has lost a loved one, regardless of circumstance, is invited to attend. You are encouraged to bring an angel ornament, with your loved ones name attached, and place it on the tree. After the ceremony, it will be displayed in the window of the Caldwell County Tax Assessor Collector’s office for the remainder of the holiday season. These angels become a permanent part of the tree and will be displayed year after year.
This ceremony acknowledges that while those represented by the angels no longer live among us, they live in our memories and our hearts. It is true that by sharing, joy is multiplied and grief is divided.
Please show your love and support for your community by attending this beautiful event. You may just find the meaning you are looking for this holiday season.
For more information, please contact Mary Beth Nickel at 922-2338 or Lt. Bill Tedford at 398-4401.
Mary Beth Nicke

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