April Gates and "The Giving Tree"

For the 5th year, the Zion Canyon Rotary Club, the Hurricane Valley Rotary Club, local businesses, and the town of Springdale have found children and families who need a little help to have wonderful holiday experience.  They call it “The Giving Tree”. The families are identified  by school administrators and local religious leaders. The senior citizens in town help make “ornaments” and families are contacted to get a list of their children’s sizes, wants and needs. This year they helped 38 families, 90 kids.

April Gates, a prominent Realtor and founding member of the Zion Canyon Rotary Club, explains the process: “I give every child a number and make them 2 ornaments, one for clothing, one for gifts.  Volunteers in the community then “adopt’ them. As the volunteers shop for the kids, they bring back their gifts and ornaments and we have a wrapping party. It’s a great day! The towns of Rockville and Springdale also do a toy drive at their town Christmas party and all of those toys go to the children as well. It takes a village!!

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