Giving Tree helps wishes come true


Zachary Laux

The Giving Tree is set up at Town and Country Realty. Each tag on the tree has the name of a child whose Christmas you can make brighter by donating a gift.

Each tag on the tree contains a Christmas wish from a child in need.

The Valley Service Organization (VSO) put the tags on the Christmas tree at the Town and Country Realty office Monday, giving individuals an opportunity to grant those wishes.

Each tag contains information on a child and ideas for Christmas gifts for that child. Anyone can pick a tag off the tree and find a suitable gift for a child.

Sudie Trowbridge, VSO co-chairman for the Giving Tree program, said gifts are to be taken to the tree at Town and Country Realty no later than Dec. 13.

Gift ideas in the past, have ranged from single gifts, to gifts for a whole family, according to Kassey Westring who oversaw the Giving Tree program last year.

"Whether a small or large family, we can match whichever group up and they will provide anything from gifts just for the children, to the children and the parents," Westring said. "Some go all out and they do a meal and get gift cards. I have found out a lot of people are really generous in Saratoga."

VSO will distribute the gifts to the parents on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at The Hub (Big Brothers/Big Sisters).


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