“This has become a Stanbridge tradition,” said Stanbridge Parent Association (SPA) Family Giving Tree Chair Susan Kufer, who says this is the 10th year Stanbridge has participated. “The Junior High really enjoys being the group that gets the word out through poster making and puts up the tree each year.”
Junior High students assembled the tree on Monday, November 30th and trimmed it with ornaments from the charity.
“The kids’ parents don’t have enough money to get them gifts,” said a Stanbridge 8th grader. “The reason I wanted to donate is so that they can have a happy Christmas.”
There are three ways to donate to Family Giving Tree:
1. Take an ornament from the tree, fulfill the wish, and return the gift (unwrapped!) with a new toothbrush to the tree.
2. Take an envelop from the tree and mail in a donation directly to the Family Giving Tree.
3. Make an online donation to the Family Giving Tree on their website.
“I love doing stuff like this,” said Lisa Ashley, mother of a Stanbridge 6th grader, as she chose an ornament from the tree. “I think Christmas should be about giving.”
All gifts must be dropped off at Stanbridge before noon on Friday, December 11th so that they can be loaded into cars and driven to the warehouse in Milpitas.
“The students flock to the tree each year and the ornaments are brought home in their backpacks,” said Susan. “Please keep an eye out for them!”