The 24th annual Giving Tree is now on display in the Mirror-Reporter office, 12 N. 4th St.
Each year The Giving Tree provides a very real reminder of the importance of community and the real meaning of Christmas. Last year
the tree featured approximately 230 ornaments representing the wishes of local children and families. And just like it always has, the community rose to the challenge of seeing that each of those ornaments was chosen.
In the 23 years that the Mirror-Reporter has housed the tree, needs have never been left unmet. In fact, those choosing ornaments often remark that they had more fun shopping for someone they didn’t know than someone they did. They put time into thinking about their gifts, had fun wrapping them and like to think about how excited a child might be so open their presents on Christmas Day.
Sign-up forms for the Giving Tree were distributed at Parent-Teacher conferences held in the Clear Lake School District. They were also sent home with Ventura Elementary School students, as well as those attending Head Start in Clear Lake and Lake Town Charlie Brown.
The Clear Lake School District is in charge of distributing and processing the forms filled out by parents specifying needs they have for their children. The school district then provides the Mirror-Reporter with ornaments representing the needs of each child. Other ornaments will list the size of a family requesting a food gift card. Gifts of food are to be made with a gift card. The card may be presented with a small treat, but the food gift must be in gift card form.
Ornaments may be checked out at the Reporter office and gifts must be returned by Dec. 13.
Questions regarding sign-up for the Giving Tree should be directed to Bethany Hythecker or Sally Duesenberg at Clear Lake Schools, 641-357-5288.
Those with questions about purchasing gifts or food for families, or wishing to make a donation which will be dedicated to the Giving Tree, should contact Marianne Morf or Deb Betz at the Clear Lake Mirror-Reporter, 357-2131.