The elder male residents of The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke need gift cards, extra large T-shirts and baseball hats. Children who receive services at Homework House could use games and books. An 85-year-old female client of WestMass ElderCare needs a towel set.
To fulfill these holiday requests, all you have to do is take a blue, yellow, red or green tag off the HCC Giving Tree, buy the item on the tag and wrap it.
The 13th annual HCC Giving Tree campaign kicked off Thursday with gift tags from four different agencies being placed on two trees, one that will stand in the lobby of the Frost building outside the President's office and the other in the lobby of the library on the second floor of Donahue.
This year, the Giving Tree campaign will support Homework House, WestMass ElderCare, MSPCC GoodStart/Healthy Families, and the Soliders' Home, which is new this year. There are 369 gift tags in all.
"There's a wing of 30 men at the Soldiers' Home we're going to help this year," said Giving Tree committee member Karen Desjeans. "There's been a positive response so far. It's been good to add them."
HCC staff gathered for a small reception to kick off this year's campaign and get their first choice of gift tags. "People like to be the first to see," said Desjeans.
For people without time to shop, monetary donations will be accepted and the HCC staff will do the shopping and wrapping.
All wrapped gifts must be returned by Friday, Dec. 7 to the Administration office (Frost 317), with the original tag attached.
Gift givers will have a chance to meet representatives from the four charities at a closing reception on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. in Frost 309.
Questions should be directed to Giving Tree committee chair Karen Desjeans at (413) 552-2221. The other members of the Giving Tree committee are: Cheri Baranowski, Colleen Cameron, Tama Chambers, Mayra Diaz, Gail Golas, Christine Gosselin-Miller, Beth Leary, Michelle Leary, Karen Rock, Yanina Vargas-Arriaga, Denise Ward, Sandy Womeldorf, and Emma Young.
Photos: (Left) Tama Chambers, from of the office of Academic Affairs, chooses a gift tag. (Right) HCC staff decorate the Giving Tree with gift tags.