The wishing and hoping. The anticipation.
The dream that when you awake on December 25 it will be there under the Christmas tree — that Red Ryder BB gun; the bike with the purple tassels on the handlebars; the movie star Barbie doll.
There is nothing more exhilarating than having that dream come true; and nothing more heartbreaking than when it doesn’t. Sometimes there is nothing under the tree; sometimes there is no tree.
The staff at City Hall, in cooperation with the Salvation Army, is working to change that.
The City Hall Christmas tree has taken its place on the landing between the second and third floors, directly across from the Mayor’s office door. Upon its branches hang wishes, the wishes of children whose parents or guardians are unable to fulfill them this year due to financial constraints.
They want Monster High dolls and remote-controlled cars, musical instruments and Legos. They need shirts, pants, jackets, hats and mittens.
The Giving Tree Program enables the Salvation Army to present toys and/or clothing to children who would otherwise not receive that special gift they are hoping for on Christmas day.
Your help in choosing a tag from the Christmas tree at the top of the stairs at City Hall will go a long way toward making a happy holiday for a child in need.
There are almost 600 families who have applied for help with food, clothing and a gift for their children this year. That translates to about 40 more families than normally served.
Stop by City Hall, and pick a tag or two from the tree (and stop by the Mayor’s office to say hi, there may be some candy in it for you). Tear off the bottom portion of the tag, purchase the gift and return the gift and tag to Linda in the City Manager’s office (Room 43) no later than DECEMBER 10th.
Please DO NOT wrap the gift but including wrapping paper, gift bags or bows would be a nice touch.