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Giving Tree is now up in Perham

Make the holidays a little happier for a child in need: participate in Perham's Giving Tree program.

This community project, sponsored by the Perham Ministerial Association and the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce, is a way to ensure that all children receive presents on Christmas - especially those who otherwise would not.

Chaired by Lisa and Steve Sheets for the past 18 years, last year alone the program provided 165 children from 65 families with Christmas gifts.

Requests are made on behalf of local children by the United Way, Otter Tail Human Services, and area churches and schools. Each of these requests are coded to a card, which is hung on the Giving Tree. This makes it possible to describe a child's gift wish while keeping that child's name (and his or her family's name) confidential.

People may get involved by picking a card off the Giving Tree, which is displayed at the Ghost Runner office in Perham, buying the gift listed on the card, wrapping it and bringing it back to Ghost Runner. Since these special gifts are anonymous, the giver and the recipient never meet.

The deadline to return gifts to Ghost Runner is Monday, Dec. 17.