TC Giving Tree aims to help 109 local families for Christmas


Schools in the Tri County area are once again partnering with local businesses, churches and the Township of Pierson to host the TC Giving Tree, one of which is pictured inside Pierson Township Hall. The deadline for donating to the program is Monday, December 6. – Photo submitted

TOWNSHIP OF PIERSON – Schools in the Tri County area are once again partnering with local businesses, churches and the Township of Pierson to welcome the TC Giving Tree.

The goal of the gift program is to help families in the Tri County School District who need a little extra help during the holiday season. Families apply and must qualify to be accepted into the program.

Sherilyn Wheeler, Executive Assistant to Tri County Superintendent Allen Cumings, said TC Giving Tree has been around since 2016. This year the program serves 109 local families with a total of 288 children (students and siblings from Tri County ).

Each child will receive a bag of goodies and families will also receive a bag full of basic necessities, such as laundry detergent, fabric softener, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soaps, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, combs / hairbrushes and more Again. Items are purchased through the Giving Tree program and then packaged for each family.

“We have a building challenge every year to raise money for the Giving Tree program, and we receive donations from some members of the community,” Wheeler said. “We are very grateful to Pierson Township and our local banks and churches who have partnered with TC Giving Tree to support our students and our community with this giveaway program.

We are very grateful to our community and the love it shows to our students and families, ”she added. “It’s a great day to be a Viking.”

Pierson Township Clerk Sara Burkholder said last year the township helped 35 children and some parents with gifts from residents.

“This year we hope to help 35 children again,” she said.

For more information or to participate in the program, email Wheeler at [email protected] or call her at (616) 636-5454 ext. 1; or stop by Pierson Town Hall anytime from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, where gift tags and gift bags are available. The deadline for returning gifts to City Hall or a school building in Tri County is Monday, December 6.

Gift tags and bags are also available at Community First Credit Union, Independent Bank in Howard City, Independent Bank in Sand Lake, Mary Queen of Apostles Parish in Sand Lake, Christ the King Catholic Church in Howard City, Heritage United Methodist Church in Pierson, and Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake.

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