Morenci's Wishing Tree project underway 2011.11.23

Written by David Green.

Volunteers, donations, working together.

That’s what makes the Morenci Kiwanis Club’s Wishing Tree project a success, year after year after year.

Yellow and blue stars, created by the Morenci Middle School Volunteer Club, are hung on three special trees inside Stair Public Library, United Bank and Trust and First Federal Bank.

Each yellow star represents the Christmas wishes of a child in the Morenci area. The child’s age, sex and clothing sizes are listed on the star.

A blue star lists requests for an entire family. Some of the most requested items for family wishes are blankets, pillows, towels and household cleaning supplies.

Residents are encouraged to take a star from a tree and shop for the items listed to help brighten the holidays for families in need. It isn’t necessary to buy everything listed; consider the list a guideline for ideas.

Items must be returned by Dec. 9. Families will pick up the gifts Dec. 16.

This year 102 families are being assisted, representing 163 adults and 157 children.

Donations of food and health and beauty items should be dropped off at either of Morenci’s banks or at Dollar General. The  Volunteer Club’s annual food drive is underway at the high school in an effort to collect non-perishable items for the family boxes.

Lisa Mynhier has donated the use of Mynhier Construction building on Salisbury Street for the disbursement point this year.

 United Bank and Trust has also erected a hat and mitten tree to collect donations of winter weather gear.

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