January Happenings at The Giving Tree!

 All of us here at The Giving Tree would like to wish you and your family  peace, happiness and kindness for 2018.  We are grateful to have you as a part of our Giving Tree family 
2nd Annual MLK Day Challenge  
It's not too late!  Join the MLK Day Challenge! 
Get your group ... class... or your school
involved!!  Socks are the number one requested item for the homeless.  Be a part of the solution!  Let's get to work!    
How?  Start a collection of the following items:
- Men's athletic/crew socks
- Granola bars 
- Packs of crackers.   
Contact a Giving Tree volunteer to get started!

* All participants of the Sock Roll Challenge will receive a certificate
of participation in acknowledgment of your support and dedication
to the community. This includes our out-of-state groups.
* A plaque will be awarded to the local school/group completing
the most Sock Rolls.

Challenge deadline January 31, 2018.
Operation Stuff a Shoebox    
A very special Thank You goes out to the
Reddy family & the DiCriscio family!! Taking ' Operation Stuff A Shoebox' to heart and creating these amazing gifts of essentials for individuals experiencing homelessness.  
'Operation Stuff A Shoebox' was part of our  
Giving Tuesday 2017 initiative.   
National Oatmeal Month
As temperatures dip and we all feel like hibernating til Spring, January is the perfect time to think oatmeal! January happens to be National Oatmeal Month. Here are a couple of ways to spread some kindness with an oatmeal theme.
- Bake a batch of oatmeal cookies and deliver them to your local police department, an elderly neighbor or leave them in the mailbox for your mail delivery person.  Click here for a recipe.   
- Organize an oatmeal drive for a local food pantry. Of course, all donations are appreciated but it might be fun to focus on donations of oatmeal.  It is a nutritious meal that warms the soul.  
Volunteers Needed
Our mission is simple... and it's important. 
But it can't happen without the awesome efforts of our volunteers.  Join our team!  Maybe you can help with fundraising or marketing.  Perhaps you have a couple of hours to spare packing boxes or for office work.  The donation of your time is so needed and very much appreciated.
Ambassador Update 
A special thank you to the Gwynedd Mercy University Early Education Club for hosting our December Ambassador's meeting.  Community Resource Manager of Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, Sue Zomberg was our featured speaker for the meeting.  Members of the Early Education Club and the Giving Tree Ambassadors, gathered to assemble bags of pantry goods for families of IFAH . #kidscangiveback. #helpingothers 
Wow!  What a Year! 
When you take a look at the numbers.  The hours our volunteers served.  The amount of projects that were created and delivered.  The lives that were impacted!  It's all pretty incredible.  Be watching for our Gratitude Report coming soon.  Prepare to be amazed!

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