More than likely you saw all the Kiwanis Christmas trees around the Valley over the past month – big and small – placed in the lobbies of businesses and city buildings: The Giving Trees. The concept is simple: grab a tag containing the wish of a local child in need, buy the gift and return it to the tree unwrapped.
But have you see the end product….what those giving trees accomplish for some local families ? Well, here’s your chance.
The Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis said the community giving event was once again very successful.
On December 14, 2017 all those gifts donated via 40+ Kiwanis Giving Trees were placed in the Kiwanis’s annual “Christmas store.”
All three Snoqualmie Valley area food banks helped get families signed up, the LDS Church hosted the Christmas store and then families were able to shop at the Christmas store on December 14th- 15th.
In an effort to bring holiday joy to local families who might be struggling, over 70 volunteers helped register families, set up the store, and even wrapped gifts once the shopping was finished.
Debby Peterman of Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis estimated that somewhere between 1,500 – 2,000 gifts – from clothing to books to toys – were donated to this year’s Christmas Store and then given to 445 Snoqualmie Valley kids, local homeless teens and to Eastside Baby Corner.
And although the present distribution is over, Kiwanis says they still have more gifts to hand out. For community members who missed the event, items can still be collected at the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank on Wednesday, December 20th.