Believe it or not, Christmas is well on its way.
Blaine Giving Tree preparations have begun throughout the community, and families who need help providing Christmas and holiday gifts for their children are welcome to apply for the program.
The Giving Tree began more than 20 years ago, when a member of the community noticed that there were children in Blaine and Birch Bay who would not receive gifts during the holiday season due to family financial circumstances. Good Samaritan-Stafholt Society took over the collection and distribution in 1996, and has overseen the giving for the past 17 years. This year, the reins have been handed over to Cheryll Wydur of the Blaine Boys & Girls Club.
“It’s not a Boys & Girls Club event, but the Northwest Teens at the club will be assisting me,” Wydur said. Border Cargo Services has donated warehousing space for the collected gifts. “That’s where everything will be dispersed,” Wydur said.
Applications for the program are being received until Monday, November 18. Applications are available at the Blaine Boys & Girls Club, the Blaine Food Bank and the Blaine Family Service Center.
If you would like to donate, gift tags are available at many local businesses, and you can return your newly-purchased gift to the same location for collection. All gifts must be received by Sunday, December 15, and will be distributed December 20–22.
If you would like to make a monetary donation instead, you can write a check payable to the Blaine Chamber of Commerce and write “Giving Tree” in the subject line. These donations can be dropped off at Sterling Bank.
For more information about how to give or receive, call Wydur at 360/332-0069 or 360/927-9585. She can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org