BY RECORD STAFF
A very special tree is lighting up South Whidbey again this holiday season.
In its ninth year, The Giving Tree is decorated with handcrafted ornaments made by the staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations located on Whidbey Island.
The Giving Tree will be on display Dec. 5 to 31 at the Bayview Cash Store, located at 5603 Bayview Road.
The Giving Tree is sponsored by Goosefoot, is a nonprofit organization that brings neighbors together to build a sense of place and community, preserve rural traditions, enhance local commerce and help create a healthy, sustainable future for South Whidbey Island.
Groups representing all of Whidbey Island and working on issues ranging from affordable housing to resources for animals, and food assistance to end-of-life care, are represented on the Giving Tree each year.
A suggested minimum donation is set by each organization and all proceeds from the purchase of ornaments go back to the organization.
Information on each charity is available to take away.
This year, 15 organizations are participating in The Giving Tree:
• Enso House Hospice
• Good Cheer Food Bank
• HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center
• Kids First — Island County
• Orca Network
• Readiness to Learn Foundation
• Ryan’s House
• Saratoga Community Housing
• Senior Services of Island County
• South Whidbey Children’s Center
• South Whidbey Tilth
• Whidbey Animal Improvement Foundation (WAIF)
• Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN)
• Whidbey Watershed Stewards
Call 321-4145 for further information.
The Cash Store is located at 5603 Bayview Road, off of Highway 525, on the corner of Bayview Road and Marshview Avenue.