Morenci's Wishing Tree program grows 12.2.09

Written by David Green.

The need is greater than ever in this year’s Wishing Tree project. Fortunately, the generosity of Morenci area residents is keeping pace.

“We had more than 200 stars hanging on trees,” said Wishing Tree coordinator Rosemary Dickerson, “and we still have about 30 stars remaining.”

That’s a long way to go, but it also shows excellent participation.

“That’s very, very good,” Dickerson said. “We’re really blessed with this community.”

The annual Kiwanis project matches up the needs of area residents with those willing to lend a hand. Lists of families needing help this holiday season are collected and stars are hung on trees listing Christmas wishes of area children.

The age, sex and clothing size is listed on each star and residents are invited to pick a star and do some shopping. Trees are located at Stair Public Library, First Federal Bank and United Bank and Trust.

Gifts are due back at the location where the tree is located by Dec. 11. Any stars remaining Dec. 9 will be handled by Kiwanis Club members.

There are two changes in this year’s Wishing Tree effort, Dickerson said.

No delivery will be offered this year due to the large number of stars. Gifts and food must be picked up by families at one of two times: Friday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 to 10 a.m.

The other change is the location. The Wishing Tree outgrew the EMS training room, Dickerson said, and will move to the vacant TNG building at the back of Wakefield Park.

Food donations will be sorted there by Dave and Donna Dickson to prepare for pick-up.

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