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Posted on Dec 4, 2014

Giving Trees celebrate generosity of holiday season

A variety of Giving Tree programs now are up and running throughout the Quincy community.

The Quincy Valley Lions Club has been putting up Giving Trees around the community for several years, said Jamie Nguyen, chairwoman of the project for the club.

This year, there are 194 tags, or about 74 families, representing children in the George and Quincy area who are 16 years old and younger, Nguyen said. The families are chosen each year by local churches.

A Lions Club Giving Tree program works like this: A person chooses at least one tag from the tree and then donates clothing or a gift to that child. The tag will have the child’s age, name and gender as well as clothing sizes and a toy or item the child has requested for Christmas. Gifts must be turned in by Dec. 18 to Washington Trust Bank.

About 20 volunteers then will deliver the gifts, along with food for a holiday dinner, to the family.

Nguyen, who has been organizing the fundraiser for four years, said the experience of visiting the families is enlightening.

“It’s just an eye-opening experience,” she said. “It just makes you cherish the things you have.”,

The Quincy Valley Lions Club Giving Trees are at: Ace Hardware, Anytime Fitness, The Grainery, Key Bank, Quincy Hardware & Lumber, Shopko, St. Pius X Catholic Church and Washington Trust Bank.

The Salvation Army’s Giving Tree program asks for toys, clothes, coats and gift cards for children. Cards can be picked up at and presents donated to the following locations: city hall, Casa Jalisco restaurant, Quincy Market, Tijuana Family Restaurant, QMS Auto Supply, Hoffman Construction, the WIC program office at Quincy Community Health Center and Ace Hardware.

For more information about the Salvation Army’s program, text Leticia Rivera at 431-4232.

And, if you would like to help out the Quincy Animal Shelter, a Giving Tree is also in the shelter’s lobby at 213 6th Ave. N.E. The tags list items the shelter needs, such as cat litter and dog food.

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