Posted at 10:10 p.m., Nov. 12, 2014

Giving Tree continues tradition of generosity

If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, the Giving Tree is right up your alley. In its simplest terms, the Giving Tree is a tree in which student parents from Laramie County Community College can write down a gift that their child would enjoy, place the slip on the tree, then students and employees from around the college can pick up a slip, buy the gift and return the present.

Parents who are in need of gifts for their children can visit the College Community Center, Room 110 as early as the week of Nov. 17, show their student ID and fill out a form to put their child’s name on the Giving Tree.

The form asks all the basic questions: age, gender, three or four interests, and clothing sizes for a shirt, pants or jacket. No names will be required on the slips that will be put on the tree. The deadline for parents to sign their child up will be Monday, Dec. 1.

The tree will then be up on Nov. 24, and from there students and employees will be able to select a slip from the tree until Dec. 10, the deadline. The following day, Thursday, Dec. 11, parents and families will be able to come to the Giving Tree’s party where they will be able to receive their child’s gift, have some food and refreshments and even a visit from Santa Claus and the North Pole elves themselves.

Tradition receives new leader

Zeke Sorenson, this year’s new Giving Tree leader, is thrilled to carry on the 10-plus-year tradition. 

“I love the idea to be able to give back to our students, especially at such a stressful time,” Sorenson said. “We are setting up the tree around the end of our semester and it’s a very hard time for some to provide for their families and children at this time.”

Sorenson, who is being handed the torch from Allen Price, academic adviser, said it is a really exciting opportunity, and Price couldn’t agree more.

“There are about 60 to 90 children who get gifts, and about 10 to 25 families each year who we feature on the tree,” Price said. “I have enjoyed the outcome each year of seeing the relief on each of the parent’s faces. It’s a neat positive thing.”

For more information on how you can get your child’s wishes on the tree, or how you can be involved, contact Zeke Sorenson at zsorenso@lccc.wy.edu.