WALLA WALLA - Organizers have high hopes for the community's third annual "Senior Giving Tree," noted organizer Mindy Stonebraker with Walla Walla's Pioneer House.
The Christmas tree is tagged with the names of senior citizens who may not otherwise have a present to open for the holiday, Stonebraker explained. "Our seniors tend to be forgotten. We really want people to know there are really a lot of seniors in our community who don't have anything, Or not much of anything."
In 2010, the tree's success brought in triple the gifts expected. In some cases employees from businesses and agencies banded together to take several tags on as a seasonal project, Stonebraker said. "As a result, we were able to help that many more seniors in our community."
The tree, which will go up in the foyer of the Die Brcke Building Tuesday on Main Street, will be decorated with 300 name tags that bear gift suggestions for the recipient, she said. "We put multiple options on the tags so people have a choice of what to donate. And they do not have to purchase all the items listed like many of them did last year."
The suggested gifts are typically blankets, sweaters, slippers and hats. "Or some of them just really want candy," Stonebraker pointed out.
Deadline for delivering gifts is Dec. 18. Gifts should be delivered unwrapped or in an open gift bag to Pioneer House Assisted Living, Eagle Meadows Assisted Living or Quail Run Retirement.
For more information call Stonebraker at 522-4630 or 509-551-5543.
Sheila Hagar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8322.