Cotter to host Christmas tree lighting, Angel Tree Project

The city of Cotter is inviting the public to its seventh-annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony this weekend at the Cotter Volunteer Fire Department on Harding Boulevard. The lighting will be Saturday evening at 6:00 with the doors opening at 5:30. Following the tree lighting, the Cotter School Choir will sing Christmas carols, and Santa Claus will then meet and have pictures taken with kids and pass out goodies. Refreshments will be served.

Cotter Volunteer Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary President Elizabeth Evans says the ceremony is not only a way to spread the spirit of the holiday season, but it's also an opportunity for the community to meet with the local firefighters.

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In addition to the tree lighting, the fire department is partnering with the Cotter Police Department this year for their annual Angel Tree Project. Gifts from the project will be distributed following the tree lighting at the fire department.

The angel tree is located in the lobby of Cotter City Hall on McLean Avenue. Police Chief Travis Hopson says the tree started with nearly 40 angels, and they still have approximately 20 in need of gifts.

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Angels represent local youth ranging from Pre-Kindergartners to high school seniors with the majority in the Cotter/Gassville area. Monetary donations will be accepted for designated volunteers to shop for gifts, but Evans says they would prefer the community to select the angels and do the Christmas shopping.

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For more information on the tree lighting and the angel tree, contact Cotter City Hall at 870-435-6326.

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