Walpole Community Giving Tree
As coordinators of the “Giving Tree Project”, we would like to thank everyone who participated in any way. This project provides gifts for children in our communities whose families need a little extra help during the holiday season. This project was especially challenging this year due to so many health restrictions, but we were still able to make it happen in a way that was safe for everyone.
It wouldn’t have happened without the support of SO MANY! The congregations of the First Congregational Church of Walpole, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and St. Peter’s Church took tags, purchased gifts, and gave many generous donations. The Savings Bank of Walpole, Mascoma Bank, the Walpole Public Library, and Spencer’s Place also displayed tags, and many employees and other community members also purchased gifts or gave donations. The “Toys for Tots” program donated approximately 100 gifts so that parents could choose 1 or 2 more gifts for each child, plus we received a donation of wooden cutting boards from the family of Carol Failla; the adults who came to pick up gifts for their children really appreciated these! The “Walpole Firefighters’ Auxiliary” made a very generous monetary donation which helped us purchase any remaining gifts as well as wrapping paper for each family. Andrea Vickers-Sevret put out a facebook plea to a group of friends who helped fill the gaps that were not filled other places. Other people made tags that families could choose from.
When all was said and done, we provided many holiday gifts for almost 30 families (over 100 children). THANK YOU to everyone who helped with this amazing project. You made a lot of little children very happy and made their 2020 holiday a lot brighter! This is a clear demonstration of the true meaning of the holiday season, and a wonderful testament to the generosity of our community. Thank you all so very much!We wish you all an enjoyable holiday season and a healthy, happy, and peaceful year in 2021!
Jeanne Cloues and Marcia Weil