Once again, United Way of Midland County’s Sharing Tree helped thousands of children and adults experience the joy of the holiday season. Thanks to the generous support of the community, United Way’s Sharing Tree program collected and distributed 9,527 gifts valued at $364,573.
Gift requests came in many different forms, including a local woman with a disability receiving art supplies to be able to paint and work with crafts, a local Pokemon fan receiving an entire Pokemon card collection with hundreds of cards, a local woman receiving fuel cards to help her travel to her doctor appointments, and much more. Many recipients—whether they are children, adults or senior citizens—are thrilled to be receiving any gifts at all.
“Sharing Tree is a true community success story,” shared Ann Fillmore, United Way of Midland County Executive Director. “It brings together businesses, agencies, churches, schools and hundreds of community volunteers to ensure the holiday wishes of those in need are fulfilled.”
Sharing Tree not only benefits those in need during the holiday season, but also helps supply local agencies with the items they need throughout the year. Items such as diapers, clothing, fuel and transportation gift cards, and more are collected to help serve those in need throughout Midland County year-round.
VOLUNTEER ELVES GAVE THEIR TIME TO ENSURE SHARING TREE WAS A SUCCESS.