Rincon Center’s Giving Tree (Rincon, Ga.)

Date: January 31, 2012

The Ombudsman Rincon center participated in Project Giving Tree during December in an effort to support the less fortunate children of Effingham County. The center partnered with the Rincon Division of Family and Children Services (DFACS) to provide elementary- and middle-school-aged children with gifts and toys.

Clayton Kelly was the first student to purchase a gift for the Giving Tree. He purchased a bicycle with training wheels for a little girl, using  money he earned from a part time job. He also purchased a helmet so she could ride safely.

James Glisson bought the second gift, and the generosity continued from there. More and more students were inspired to help and give back to the community. Victoria Berry and her family wanted purchased a Kindle for a little girl who asked for one for Christmas.

Many other students, parents and staff members were involved in the purchasing of gifts for the children. In fact, instead of purchasing gifts for each other this year, many agreed to purchase a gift for a child on the Giving Tree.

On December 9, Deb Bradley and her daughter Jessica Tucker stopped by the center to meet everyone in person. The group took pictures in front of the Giving Tree and had a wonderful visit.

The Giving Tree added much warmth to the center this holiday season. The students and parents agreed that this would become a tradition for the Rincon center.

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