Community giving tree successfully provides gifts for 300 kids | Letter

Jan 07, 2016

Editor, The Beacon:

Every year the Rotary Club of Edmonds provides gift-giving trees to support the CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program. These programs provide court-appointed special advocates for children who are victims or alleged victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect.

This past year, we had a herculean request from 300 kids and teens. Miraculously, we filled all requests

A huge thanks goes to Mr. Jack Tawney, the staff and members of Harbor Square Athletic Club and Tennis Center; fellow Rotarian Pat Shields and his staff from NPI, Inc; Tom and Marci Kretzler, along with Chris, Andrew, Riley and Kate of Gallaghers U-Brew and their patrons; Dick Mergens and Shawn Dowling, along with Jason and Ashley of Crucible Brewing in Everett and their patrons; and our fellow Rotarians of Rotary Club of Edmonds (Noon Club).

Thoughtful thanks to Rotarians Karen Wiggins, Pat Thorpe and Meenakshi Tomar for their contributions creating a “virtual” tree.

We are well aware that many members took more than one mitten to fulfill all these requests, so “Thank you.”

A special thanks should be given to our secret Santas (although some are no longer secret). Santa Lauren for donating 42 educational gifts for varying age groups; Santa Christine for donating 19 adorable outfits for a young girl; Santa Laurie and the VGAL staff for helping create the mitten request this year; and Santa Harbor Square Elf who donated $100 for the purchase of groceries and $100 in gift cards for a young teen.

Everyone who donated 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 worked on this program, and we cannot express how much joy filled our hearts when we saw the gifts.

Those 300 kids had glee in their hearts on Christmas Day!


Happy holidays,

Elves Diane Buckshnis, Lori Parsons, Laurie Tuff, Tom Kelly, Chris Steiner and Sharalyn Ramm


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