Many have asked, "What is a Giving Christmas Tree?" so I thought I would explain it. A Giving Christmas Tree is a tree that has tags hanging from it with gender and ages. These tags are for kids whose parents cannot afford to give them presents due to their financial situation. This is where the community comes in; there are many children in our area who won't otherwise have a Christmas, so if you can afford to do so, please grab a tag and make a kids Christmas.
When I lived in Seattle, my department at work would adopt a family and provide everything from presents to Christmas dinner. I was able to meet the families and spend time with them. I can say this is one of the biggest rewards you will ever have. To know that you are giving a kid Christmas who might not have ever have had one is the biggest gift you can possibly receive this time of year.
We are a great community, and we look after our own. This is your opportunity to look after others in our community, and giving is one of the best ways to make someone smile. So, while you are out and about throughout the season, please stop by Cedar Village or Timberland Savings Bank in Winlock and Toledo to get your tag. You will make a child's Christmas and New Year!