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Moosehead Lake Kiwanis 2018 Christmas Wish Tree Project

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To the Editor;
The holiday season is upon us again, which means here in the Moosehead Region we do our best to spread holiday cheer all around! To do this, the Moosehead Lake Kiwanis Club will be placing wish trees out in our community very soon. Traditionally, these trees are covered with wishes and needs of families with children or elderly people who are having a difficult year. Residents, merchants, even people passing through our area, choose a tag off the tree, purchase the item, and leave it unwrapped back where they got the tag from. Wish trees holding tags for needed items can be found at Morrell’s Hardware, Harris Drug Store, Indian Hill Trading Post, and Camden National Bank.

Kiwanis’ focus has always been to help with winter clothing like coats, boots, snow pants, school clothes, shoes, pajamas, or slippers for the children. For the elderly in our community, an item like a local gift card for food or gasoline, puzzles, envelopes, notepaper, or postage stamps are all well received. For the fourth year in a row, West Cove Lounge has been a collection point for food and other items for our senior citizens. Also, The Farmhouse Cafe will be a drop-off point for donated food items.

Our local food cupboard collaborates with Kiwanis and C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital to see that a loaded box of food goes out to each family and elderly people on our list. Kiwanis will deliver all food boxes and gifts just before Christmas. A homemade Christmas card from our local Key Club members will be enclosed with each delivery.

That will allow families enough time to wrap gifts in true Christmas fashion! Each generous donation toward this annual project is so appreciated. With every delivery, the smiles, hugs, happy tears, and grateful thank yous make the season merry and bright!

By the time we begin our holiday season with Deck the Halls, the Wish Trees will be full of tags. Please consider taking part in this holiday tradition of helping friends and neighbors throughout the region. If you know an elderly shut-in, a family, or your family that could use some assistance this Christmas, please call Prudy Richards, Kiwanis president, at 695-2473 by Dec. 7.

Moosehead Lake Kiwanis Club

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