CRESTONE — The Giving Tree began as a way to provide winter clothing and boots to needy children in the area. It has been Elaine Johnson’s commitment for the past 12 years to serve the community, starting with 30 children back in 2010.
Thanks to many generous donations the Giving Tree has grown, to include over 200 children in recent holiday seasons.
With Johnson’s guidance and dedication, the legacy of giving has opened the door for current elves: Patte Smith, Jacque Sprock, Geri Dean, Rachael Kellum, and Christine Gingrich, to continue this tradition.
The community, even those who are needy themselves, fills the jar of donations in hopes of creating the magic of the season for local children. It is true giving because they never know which child has benefitted from their actions.
“We would also like to acknowledge donations from Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Eileen G. Kerr Foundation, The Center Kiwanis,” organizers stated. “The Crestone/Moffat Giving Tree truly represents the best of our community.”