ESA Giving Trees project expanding

ESA Giving Trees project expanding
What began 19 year ago with three ESA Giving Trees at Hy-Vee, Jones' Food Center and Pamida has expanded to nine trees located throughout the community. This year's Giving Trees are located at Jones' Food Center, Pamida, Hy-Vee, Nook ?n Cranny/Never Never Land, the Vermillion Public Library, Market Street Café, Wal-Mart, School of Education and at USD's North Complex. Through the support and generosity of the Vermillion community, gifts for more than 200 of Vermillion's children are provided through the Giving Tree project.

Each year the project has expanded through the generosity of new groups. This year a new business gave the Giving Tree project a big boost. Wal-Mart has generously offered to start the tradition of setting up an Angle Tree in their store. They are looking at the possibility of setting up a grant to assist with extra toys and gifts.

Jason Larson of the Pressbox held his annual "Ugly Sweater Contest." Jason shops for toys for kids with a portion of the contest profits. His helpers have been the men of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. These men also help the women of the Theta Omega Chapter of ESA haul, sort, and bag the gifts readying them for the families topick up.

The data entry group at E-Telecare holds bake sales at the call center all year long raising hundreds of dollars. Then they, too, go shopping. They'll purchase a mountain of toys, games, electronic gadgets, etc. for the children of the Giving Trees.

The Theta Omega Chapter of ESA has, over the years, been humbled by the generosity of the people in our Vermillion community. Each and every year some group, some individual, or some event has made this project a very special one, one which inspires the group's admiration of and pride in the people of this community. The success of this project depends entirely upon the businesses, individuals and groups who have supported it over the years. Thank you.

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