Foster children Christmas

editorial@sierrastar.comDecember 10, 2013 

A program new to the Mountain Area, "Giving Tree," is intended to provide Christmas gifts to about 50 foster children.

Lesalee Miller, vice president of the Sierra Senior Society has coordinated the program and is asking the community to participate.

"I wanted to center this program around the young people that are in foster care," Miller said. "As a society, everyone is always so generous to under privileged children. Not to say that every child doesn't need to have a wonderful Christmas, but I feel we tend to forget the children who are in the system."

"For reasons beyond their control, these children are away from their family, many for the first time, and having worked with at-risk children I have seen first hand how sad it is for them, especially at Christmas time."

Miller has placed five table-top Christmas trees in the area that have ornaments with a child's gender and age.

"We ask that people pick one of the ornaments and purchase a gift for the child or make a monetary donation and we will do the shopping," Miller said.

The "Giving Trees" are located at the Sierra Senior Center, Oakhurst Pet and Feed, Moxie Salon, Froyo Frozen Yogurt, and Good Ol' Daze gift shop in the Pines Village, Bass Lake.

"We are asking people to stop by one of these businesses and take an ornament off the tree, which have the gender of the child and their age," Miller said.

"Then the supporter can either buy a gift and bring it back to the tree location, or they may make a donation and we will do the shopping."

Miller said gifts and donations need to be returned by Dec. 16 so Santa's elves have time to wrap the gifts and get them delivered on time.

Details: Lesalee Miller, (559) 658-2200.

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