The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

November 21, 2013

Trinity preschoolers brighten up giving tree

— DANVILLE – Preschool students at Trinity Childcare are working to make Christmas a little brighter for the less fortunate in their community.

About 20 students decorated hardened dough ornaments to hang on their annual giving tree, which will be displayed at Trinity Childcare’s first annual holiday festival on Saturday, Nov. 23. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fellowship hall of Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 306 Lombard Avenue.

Attached to each hand-made ornament on the giving tree is a tag with a gift requested by a Danville resident with a learning disability. Visitors to the holiday festival can choose to buy a gift for the resident, which generally include things like socks, sports team apparel, Matchbox cars or trivia games.

“(They are) things that everyone receives under a Christmas tree, but they don’t have anyone to get for them,” said Melissa Stine, assistant director of the Trinity’s childcare program.

The preschool students painted the hardened dough, cut into different Christmas shapes, on Nov. 20 and 21. “We mixed the dough this morning and they were excited about rolling it out and cutting it,” Stine said on Nov. 20.

Trinity Childcare has collected giving tree donations in past years, and has usually received five gifts for about 25 individuals each year.


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