Holiday Giving Tree
Samara Purvis Family & Consumer Science Agent
The gift of giving is a voluntary action that is done without the expectation of something in return. Although I feel the reward that one receives in return is knowing that a small token can mean so much to a person at any given moment in time. Giving is a self-less act, what better time of year than now to exemplify this action.
Our 4-H’ers are continually busy in the community using their Hands for Larger Service. 4-H Youth are taught the importance of caring for others. This year Bradford County 4-H will do just that with its first annual Giving Tree. Our volunteers, faculty, and staff worked with teachers, administrators and mentors in the community to collect names and ages of youth who are exceptional but disadvantaged because of circumstances beyond their control. Those youth are represented with a Clover on the Clover Tree. That clover will not have a name but age and gender. 4-H Youth,
families, clubs, volunteers, and supporters are welcomed to participate and pick a clover from the tree. The way in which you give to the recipient on the clover is only limited by your imagination. The giving tree is not limited to gifts that are bought often times the best gifts are those that are made. Some ideas could be purchased games, school supplies, toys, dolls, socks, crafts, items that girls or boys would like.
The Giving Tree will also have 5 white clovers on it that stand for home-bound seniors in the community. These seniors are either in assisted living facilities or at home. What a wonderful way to know that someone is thinking about you than receiving a gift. Senior gifts can be as simple as activity books, mints, lotion, stuffed animals, socks in a gift bag, or even a special craft or card made by a 4H’er.
The giving tree is active from November 15 until December 8. Wrapped gifts can be dropped off at the extension office through this period, final collection day will be at the Holiday Bake Off December 8.
Delivery will take place between December 9 and 13.