Orillia stores host Angel Tree for Mariposa Hospice House

Angel Tree in Orillia

For the 4th year in a row, local business owners Kristopher Orchard and Jamie Campbell of O C Emporium Inc / 6 Doors Up Interiors have chosen Mariposa House Hospice as the beneficiary of the Angel Tree event.

The Angel Tree is an annual tradition where members of our community can make a donation in honour of a loved one, and a special angel ornament is placed on the tree along with a message about the loved one being remembered.

In years past, Bob Willsey set aside space for the Angel Tree at Mariposa Market from mid-November to late-December.  Volunteers accepted donations and placed the angels on the tree. In 2020, COVID has presented organizers with a challenge.  To find a balance between tradition and safety, they have chosen to host the Angel Tree "virtually" this year.  Donations will be made online, and the tree will be set up at the hospice building where a team of volunteers will hang the angels several times a week. The group will post photo and video updates on social media so that community members can share in this beautiful tradition with a virtual twist.

Each year, Orchard and Campbell have also chosen to bestow a special award to one recipient who has contributed to our community significantly. That person is invited to place the first angel on the tree and receives a Swarovski crystal dove as a personal gift.  Heather Breckles is the recipient of the 2020 award, joining two other treasured community heroes Gini Stringer (2018) and Sue Peacock (2019). Heather was chosen in recognition of her community spirit and her willingness to always step up and help when needed.

To sponsor an angel, participants are invited to donate using credit card, cash, or cheque.  To donate online, visit http://www.mariposahousehospice.com/donate, select "Angel Tree" in the drop down menu, and enter the name of the loved one being remembered. A short message can be added following their name which will accompany the angel on the tree.  For cash or cheques donations, please contact Sue Morris at 705-327-6191.