Tree of Giving
It is that time of year to be joyous in the Winter Wonderland of Chugiak-Eagle River. It is time to enjoy the fun of bringing your family to Town Square for the annual Winter Wonderland Walk where you can be a part of the tree lighting, meet with Santa and his reindeer and sing Christmas songs. It is time to be a part of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Tree of Giving kick off. Local children will have stars in their eyes as they anticipated the arrival of Santa and his reindeer. Many children will be hoping to have a chance to give Santa their Christmas wishes, or touch a reindeer. Unfortunately, for many, the reality of Christmas is not attainable as they need to pay that electric, or heating bill instead of purchasing a gift for their children.
The Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions of Eagle River, Alaska start off their annual Tree of Giving community event in conjunction with the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Wonderland Walk event at Town Square, Friday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Many vendors will be present to hand out hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and other food items.
The Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Tree of Giving project takes many hours of preparation for this community wide fundraiser which includes children and families in need of aid throughout Eagle River and Chugiak. Throughout the year we gather presents, gift wrap, cards, toys, etc. As Thanksgiving nears a flurry of activity begins with groups of Lions and Leos getting together to cut, string and number the cards for our Trees. We obtain the names of the children in need from the Municipality of Anchorage and local Elementary Schools. Once we have the names and wishes of the children we put their names, sizes and wishes on the cards to be placed on trees at local businesses. As the cards are taken and presents are received the Lions return and pick up the presents for storage in our storage unit, then place more cards for new children for those trees.
Please look for Lions at Town Square and drop off your unwrapped gift or monetary donation to the Lions. Become a part of making wishes come through for families in need. No gift is too small. Our goal is to make these special families Christmas wishes come through.
We would like to thank everyone, in advance, in our community for coming together to help your neighbors, and sharing the blessings of the holiday season.