Two ways to support families during holidays: Giving Trees, Holiday of Lights

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The City of Edmonds is offering two opportunities to support those in need during the holiday season.

First, you can brighten a child’s holiday by participating in the Giving Tree program sponsored by the city and Volunteers of America. Stop by Edmonds City Hall or the Frances Anderson Center to select a tag for a child. Purchase the gift, wrap it and bring it to either location by Dec. 13.

Edmonds City Hall is located at 121 Fifth Avenue North and the Frances Anderson Center is at 700 Main Street.

The tags are provided by Volunteers of America Western Washington and the gifts will be donated to local children through their cooperation with Christmas House, which serves residents of Snohomish County. The tags are for children from 1 to 12 years of age and are designated for students and families in the ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) preschools and children in the Volunteers of America Short-Term Shelter.
www.voa.org.

In the spirit of giving, you can also light a light this holiday season for someone you love, something you wish for, or in remembrance of a loved one. Each light you light is a donation to the City of Edmonds Youth Scholarship Fund that enables Edmonds’ children in need to participate in Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services programs. Each year the city receives numerous requests for assistance.

A living fir tree is strung with lights and placed at the entrance of the Frances Anderson Center. Donate $5 per light and your donation will be donated on the main floor bulletin board of the Frances Anderson Center.

The living fir tree will be lit the week of Thanksgiving through Jan. 2.  After the holidays, this tree will be planted in the interior of one of our parks.

To light a light, call 425-771-0268 to donate over the phone or to request a form.  Forms can be downloaded at www.Edmondswa.gov. New this year, you can donate online at www.RecZone.org search Celebration of Lights and add it to your cart. Note there is a $10 minimum on credit card purchases.

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