Kiwanis Giving Tree Results: Thanks to a Caring Community
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2022 Holiday Giving Tree campaign! Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis shared the results of this tremendous initiative and community response, that helped ensure all Snoqualmie Valley children enjoyed the holidays.
Fun facts about this year’s event:
- 60 locations sponsored a Giving Tree. Each tree was covered with 25-50 gift suggestion tags, encouraging passersby, employees, and customers to contribute. Our District Office was among the locations hosting a tree, and SVSD schools had collection boxes.
- 4,500 gift tags for the trees. Minuteman Press donated the printed tags, while Key Club students from Mount Si High School, Twin Falls Middle School, and Snoqualmie Middle School tied ribbons on all the tags and grouped them for delivery.
- 25 delivery volunteers helped set up giving trees and distribute tags to host locations in late November. They returned mid-December to collect all donated gifts and deliver them to the seasonal Kiwanis Christmas Store at the Snoqualmie Casino.
- Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank staff/volunteers and all SVSD school counselors helped sign up families in need for a time to shop for free gifts.
- 60 on-site volunteers assisted at the free shopping event on Dec. 13-14. Some helped set up the event at the Snoqualmie Casino, while others registered families, assisted shoppers in finding gifts, and cleaned up afterwards.
- Snoqualmie Casino staff helped with all aspects of the event – donating the space, posting signage to direct families around construction, hauling toys, providing security, and helping customers shop.
Thanks to Kiwanis’s excellent collaboration, an impressive crew of compassionate volunteers, and our caring community’s response...
- Thousands of new toys and gifts for kids were donated in response to the Giving Trees campaign.
- 323 new coats were donated by San Mar, Rotary and community members.
- $1,200 was raised by a few MSHS Key Club members to buy gifts for specifically for teens. They sold potpourri and chocolate-covered pretzels to raise money, then shopped for and delivered a load of teen gifts to the shopping event. Kudos to our students helping their peers!
- 605 bags of age-appropriate snacks and activity books, provided by The Feed Kiddos program and Helping Hands volunteers, ensured every child got a bag of food.
- And ultimately, (drum roll), 602 children were served – with toys for Christmas, a bag of snack food, and in many cases, a warm new coat – a number that continues to grow each year!
See more photos here of our students supporting the Kiwanis Giving Tree campaign.
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Thank you Kiwanis and Key Clubs!