Growing giving trees


Alex Kitchell

The gifts that the library has collected for this year’s giving tree.

The Epsilon Beta club (keepers of the library) have started their Giving Tree Program. The Giving Tree Program collects toys, mittens, scarves, hats and books and donates them to the Samaritan’s Center for their Santa’s Workshop that will distribute the items to families in need. This program will end on December 6, 2019.  Those wishing to donate may donate money or items in the JC Library any time between 7:30 and 4:00. 

Donators can have up to five dollars in Library fees dismissed by participating and can receive candy. 

This program originated as a mitten tree created by Bev East, one of our past librarians. The mitten tree was renamed to the giving tree to include toys, books and scarves. When Mrs. East passed away the tree was carried on in her honor. Every year Mr. East, the husband of Mrs. East donates a large bag of toys and books for the tree. 

Last year the items collected were sent to Toys for Tots, a program by the Marines and to local elementary schools. 

Epsilon Beta was adopted as the sponsors for this cause as Epsilon Beta’s goal is to increase literacy rates across our schools. 

This holiday season is brilliant with dazzling lights and warm homes but not everyone shared in that good fortune. Take a small portion of your good fortune to promote the young reader growing in every child. 

The Giving Tree is a JCHS Library tradition that allows students to share with their community during the holiday season.