Giving Tree program benefits seniors pining for presents

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A tag from the “Senior Giving Tree” could help make the holidays a little brighter for residents of local assisted living facilities.

For the fourth consecutive year the tree has been set up in the Die Brucke building between Macy’s shoe and juniors departments. The tree’s tags have gift suggestions for seniors who might not otherwise receive a present during the holiday season.

The tree’s been up since just before Thanksgiving, but a number of tags remain unclaimed, organizers say.

In a story last year on the movement, organizer Mindy Stonebraker of Walla Walla’s Pioneer House said seniors often 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,” she said at the time.

In an email on the Senior Giving Tree this year, Stonebraker said coordinators were overwhelmed by the generosity of the public last year.

Those who want to participate can pick up a tag. Dropoff locations for the gifts are Pioneer House, 1018 Whitman St.; Quail Run Retirement Community, 1701 Plaza Way; and Eagle Meadows Assisted Living, 550 E. Whitman Drive in College Place.

Suggested ideas tend to be blankets, sweaters, slippers, candy and other items. Gifts should be unwrapped but placed in gift bags with the tag attached. For more information call 522-4630.

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