Christmas giving trees offer Blaine families a holiday hand

Published on Tue, Nov 22, 2011
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The deadlines are approaching to receive gifts as part of Blaine and Birch Bay’s two annual giving trees.

For the Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt Center’s giving tree, applications must be received by December 1, and for the Bay Cafe angel tree, applications must be received by December 5.

Organizer Marsha Hawkins with the Good Samaritan Society said tags are available at a number of Blaine businesses, including CostCutter, Blackberry House and all the banks.

“There are already 1,310 tags out in the community,” she said.

The giving tree will provide gifts for about the same number of families as last year, Hawkins said, though the number of tags is lower.

“Last year we had somewhere around 2,000 [tags],” she said. “We ended up with a lot of tags we didn’t have a sponsor for.” So she and her team of volunteers spent about $6,000 and a good many hours shopping for and wrapping gifts so that every child had something under their family’s tree. This year, each child will get two tags instead of three.

The Bay Cafe is also sponsoring its fifth annual angel tree. Applications are available at the cafe, 7608 Birch Bay Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, and online at www.baycafeatbirchbay.com

Tags will be available at the store between December 5 and December 16. Gifts must be dropped off at the cafe by 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, and the celebration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 18.