The Grande Prairie Public Library’s (GPPL) Giving Trees are collecting donations for three regional charities.
Three trees are set up in the library and are accepting donations; the children's department’s tree is accepting donations for the Grande Prairie Hospital Foundation Pediatric Unit, the teen tree is collecting for Bandaged Paws Animal Rescue and over in the adult section, a tree is collecting for the Golden Age Centre in the city.
“We can't wait to give to these people,” said Marci Banack, GPPL adult program co-ordinator.
She said donations have been coming into the library steadily; because of the different organizations that the library is looking to help, there is a variety of items, from dog food, denture cream to children's toys.
“Whatever you can contribute to is much appreciated,” she said.
Each charity has its own much-needed items.
Banack noted Bandaged Paws is in need of items such as dog food, kitty litter, general pet supplies and durable dog toys.
The Giving Tree going to the Golden Age Centre is looking for grocery gift cards, soaps, toiletries and personal hygiene items.
The children's department’s tree is looking for things for kids to do while staying in the hospital, such as Play-Doh, Hot Wheels, Lego sets, colouring books, markers and craft items.
A complete list of the needed items for each giving tree is available at gppl.ca/News/Giving-Trees.
Banack said the giving trees have grown in recent years. The program originated about four years ago in the teens department, where donations for Bandaged Paws were gathered. The department has since collected for other charities, and other library departments have started collecting donations for other needy charities.
Banack said the charities the library helps are decided by community feedback and where there is a current need. She noted that many charities and people are struggling with the cost of utilities and groceries.
“The need is big for everybody,” she said.
The library is collecting donations until Dec. 13; Banack encourages people not only to donate items but also to come and see the beautifully decorated trees around the library.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News