Wow, what a generous year to Gift Giving Trees from the local community!
Every year the Rotary Club of Edmonds provides gift-giving trees to support the Snohomish County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Programs. These programs provide court-appointed special advocates for children who are victims or alleged victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. This year, we had a herculean request of 288 requests to fulfill. Miraculously, we filled ALL requests!
A HUGE THANKS goes to Mr. Jack Tawney. the staff and members of Harbor Square Athletic Club who every year maintain the main tree with more than 200 mittens. We also wish to thank fellow Rotarian Pat Shields and his staff from NPI, Inc; Tom and Marci Kretzler, their crew and patrons of Gallaghers Where U-Brew; Dick Mergens and Shawn Dowling, their crew and patrons of Crucible Brewing in Everett; and our fellow noon club Rotarians. We are well aware that many individuals took more than one mitten to fulfill all these requests.
Special thanks go to big donors Ms. Sharalyn Ramm and Ms. Karen Wiggins for allowing the elves to purchase over 30 mitten requests that allowed us to buy warm coats, warm clothes, toys, dollies, electronics and many more! Also, kudos to Secret Santa Lauren for donating over 90 educational gifts and toys of varying age groups for Thanksgiving fun.
Everyone should feel special pride in being the angel guardians for these infants, children and teens. The generosity of everyone was overwhelming to those of us that work this program and we cannot express how much joy and love filled our hearts when we saw the gifts. Those 288 kids had glee on their faces and warmth in their hearts on Christmas Day. Everyone should feel glee in their hearts as once again, another successful year of giving.
Santa Tom Kelly and Santa’s helpers Diane Buckshnis, Lori Parsons, Sharalyn Ramm, Joelle Kelly and all the CASA elves