Giving Tree Project continues to flourish

In 2012, the ESA Giving Tree Project continued to flourish, making a meaningful difference in the lives of 257 young children/teens and their families.

Weeks later, the membership of the Theta Omega chapter of ESA remains grateful for the exceptional generosity of the Vermillion community. The list of business/organizational partners is lengthy and impressive.

The list includes HyVee, Market Street Café, Nook and Cranny, Pump and Pak, Wal-Mart, Whimp's Restaurant, Vermillion Ace Hardware, Nygren's True Value Hardware, City Hall, Sanford Hospital, Polaris, USD's Foundation, USD's North Dormitory Complex, USD's Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Clay County 4-H, and Vermillion Rotary Club.

This level of participation, which ranged from displaying trees to funding/purchasing gifts to providing work space for Santa's ESA helpers, is unprecedented – and extremely welcome. A sincerely warm thank you is extended to all.

And of course, the ESA members also recognize the contributions of so many community members. Infused with holiday spirit, a countless number of largely unknown individuals reached out to the less fortunate by purchasing gifts and/or donating money. The women of Theta Omega recognize the selfless kindheartedness of each gracious act and offer a collective – and genuine – thank you.

Despite the economic downturn, the Vermillion community remains enthusiastically supportive of the Giving Tree Project. This is a moving testimonial to its character and strength.

As longtime ESA member Barb Campbell said, "Vermillion is the best community in South Dakota; I wouldn't think of living anywhere else."

The entire membership of ESA (Theta Omega chapter) wishes the Vermillion community health, happiness, and prosperity in the upcoming year.

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