Giving Tree program short 119 gifts for families in need as deadline looms

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Gift donations filled Social Services Coordinator Mary Ann Kalm's office at Monroe Town Hall two years ago, when the Giving Tree program was in full swing. But more gifts are needed this year. Contributed

MONROE, CT — Financially strapped families always have wrapped gifts under their Christmas trees, because of Monroe residents’ generous donations to the Giving Tree program. But many may go without this year.

“We still have 119 gifts available for the Giving Tree program,” Mary Ann Kalm, the town’s social services coordinator, said Tuesday.

The deadline was Wed, Dec. 1, but Kalm has extended it to Sunday, Dec. 5, in hopes more donations will come in.

Those wishing to help by purchasing a gift should click here and sign up for a specific gift. Gifts should be wrapped and returned by the deadline with the tag number (i.e. 101A) clearly marked on the outside.

Drop off locations are inside the Monroe Police Department lobby, which is open 24 hours a day, and in the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library Lobby, open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To make a monetary donation instead of buying a gift, click here. For information, call Mary Ann Kalm at 203-452-2813.

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