With the holiday season in full swing, people are invited to help in spreading Christmas joy to area children and youths in need. Several giving trees are available for people to take tags and shop for gifts. Local opportunities include:
•PENDLETON: In its 17th year, the Giving Tree at Hamley’s Western Store, 30 S.E. Court Ave., will help ensure children in need will have a brighter holiday season.
Local citizens, businesses and service clubs can pluck tags from the tree and shop for items on the list. For those with limited time to shop, monetary donations will be accepted to purchase gifts.
The new, unwrapped items need to be returned to Hamley’s by Sunday, Dec. 10. In appreciation of donations made, participants will receive a special Hamley discount.
The gifts will be wrapped and distributed to the recipients by the Pendleton School District, Umatilla County Youth Services and Oregon Department of Human Services. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-278-1100.
•HERMISTON: An Angel Tree organized by The Salvation Army is on display at Shari’s Cafe & Pies, 800 S. Highway 395, Hermiston. People can remove tags and shop for items for needy children and families who live in west Umatilla County.
The gifts must be returned by Saturday, Dec. 9. For more information, call 541-276-3369.
•HEPPNER: Foster children living in Morrow County will have a brighter Christmas thanks to a Giving Tree at Les Schwab Tire Center, 124 N. Main St., Heppner.
People are asked to stop in and pick up a card, shop for the gifts and return them by Friday, Dec. 8.
•IRRIGON: The annual Giving Tree in Irrigon provides a chance for people in the community to give to children and youths in need.
The tree is located in the Irrigon Library/City Hall lobby, 500 N.E. Main St. People can drop by during regular business hours to pick up a card or two and shop for gifts on the recipient’s wish list.
The gifts need to be wrapped and returned to city hall by Monday, Dec. 18 For more information, contact City Manager Aaron Palmquist at 541-922-3047 or email@example.com.
Submit information about other local giving trees to: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off to the attention of Tammy Malgesini at 333 E. Main St., Hermiston, or Renee Struthers at 211 S.E. Byers Ave., Pendleton. Call 541-564-4539 or 541-966-0818 with questions.