Morenci's Wishing Tree program begins 11.17.2010

Written by David Green.

Stars are now in place on three Wishing Trees in Morenci in an effort to help some area families. The annual Morenci Kiwanis Club project matches the needs of area children with those willing to lend a hand.

The need for assistance this year is topping last year’s unusually high number of families, said coordinator Rosemary Dickerson.

Lists of families needing help this holiday season are collected and stars are hung on trees describing the Christmas wishes of 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.

Wrapped gifts are due back at the location where the tree was chosen by Dec. 10. Any stars remaining will be handled by Kiwanis Club members.

The Kiwanis Club is offering a new option this year for those who want to help, but don’t have the time or ability to shop. After choosing a star, take the star and money to cover the cost of gifts Dickerson at United Bank and Trust or to Gail Johnson at Johnson’s Hardware. Volunteers will do the shopping for you.

In addition to the clothing and gifts, each family will receive a box of food for the holidays. Donations of non-perishable food items are needed and may be taken to United Bank and Trust or First Federal Bank.

Gifts and food baskets will be available for pick-up by families from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at the NWD building at the back of Wakefield Park.

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