ESA Giving Trees placed in community

ESA Giving Trees placed in community As Christmas is fast approaching, it is a time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is a time of giving, a time for helping our fellow man, a time to teach our children the joy of giving and not just receiving.

The Theta Omega chapter of ESA has eight Giving Trees in Vermillion this year. They are located at Hy-Vee, Pamida, Jones' Food Center, the Vermillion Public Library, Nook 'n Cranny, and Never Never Land.

We also have two new new locations this year. The Community First Bank and USD's North Complex. Community First Bank has a Giving Tree in the lobby and is also collecting scarves, hats, and mittens that will be donated to our ESA Giving Tree families.

Our ESA Giving Trees tags represent over 80 families from Vermillion. Our trees are decorated with tags listing several items a particular child would like for Christmas. Tags may be taken from one of the trees, a present bought and returned by Monday, Dec. 15 to any of the above locations.

Money may be donated in the donation envelopes which are also hanging on the trees. The donations will be used to purchase gifts for children whose tags werenot taken off the trees.

The member of the Theta Omega would like to thank the men of Phi Delta Theta fraternity for their continued support of our Giving Tree Project. They have helped us sort the mountains of presents and shop for last minute gifts that need to be purchased. This year the Phi Delts sponsored a tree at USD's North Complex. Chapter President Dustin Adams thinks the Giving Tree is a wonderful experience.

"It is a way our chapter can help those who are less fortunate than us. It's not hard to do, and it feels rewarding," said Adams.

Senior Ethan Meyer has been helping with the ESA Giving Tree and enjoys getting presents for the kids. "I got Batman and Spider-Man toys for one little boy," said Meyer. "It didn't cost very much, and it's definitely worth it to make the kids a little happier than they were before."

To the owners and employees of Pamida, Hy-Vee, Nook 'n Cranny, Never Never land, Jones' Food Center, the Vermillion Public Library, Community First Bank, and the men of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, we say "thank you" for so graciously giving your time to help us with this very special Christmas project.

Also, a special thank you to the people of our Vermillion community who have always been so generous and have continued to help us bring smiles to the faces of so many children on Christmas morning.

For more information on the ESA Giving Trees, please contact Gayle Bliss 624-3932 or Rose at Social Services 677-6800.

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