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Giving Tree deadline for gifts is Dec. 15

The Giving Tree is sponsored by the Perham Ministerial Association and the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce.

For the thirteenth year, Lisa and Steve Sheets are organizing this very worthwhile project. The Giving Tree is a wonderful way to help children in the area receive a gift at Christmas who otherwise might not receive one.

Requests are made for children by the United Way, Otter Tail Human Services, churches and schools. Request forms are returned to Ghost Runner, which then gives them to Lisa Sheets. Lisa takes each request and codes it to a card, keeping children's and family's names anonymous and confidential.

Cards are placed on the Giving Tree describing the child's wishes for a gift. You can pick a card off the tree which is displayed at Ghost Runner, buy the gift, wrap it and bring it back to Ghost Runner. These special gifts are anonymous, so the giver and recipient of the gift never meet.

The deadline to purchase a gift and return the card to the Ghost Runner office is December 15, 2008.