The Tree of Sharing begins its annual operations on Monday, Nov 19 at Key Bank, 211 S. Main in Colville. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The last day for tag selection and returning purchased items will be Friday, Dec. 7.
Each gift tag hung on the Tree of Sharing represents the Christmas wishes and needs of an individual in the comÂ¬munity.
Names are submitted by Rural Resources Community Action, Colville Food Bank & Resource Center, N.E.W Alliance Counseling Services, First Steps Day Care and Addy Rescue Mission. All names are kept anonymous. Last year over 700 individuals were given the opportunity to enjoy a memorable Christmas, according to TOS Co-Chair Denise Whitten.
â€śThis is a wonderful opportunity for area citizens and businesses to stop by the "Tree" and select a gift tag(s) or drop off a donation to help out an individual in need who may not otherwise receive a gift,â€ť says Whitten. â€śWe are asking people to please open their hearts and give a gift or whatever monetary donation they can afford.â€ť
Donations should be made payable to the Colville Rotary Club Foundation. All cash donations are tax deductible.
Colville Rotarians and other community members will once again volunteer to process gift tags and the delivery of gifts. Wrapping paper is provided to the social service agencies. Donations of wrapping paper would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at Key Bank in Colville.