The season of giving has begun, and if you’re unsure of what cause you might want to support, why not look to a tree?
The Crossett Chapter of the Junior Auxiliary works throughout the year to fund its Angel Tree Program, a project that helps provide toys at Christmas for those who need extra support around the holidays. The program has now begun accepting donations.
Crossett Junior Auxiliary Chapter member Katie Jordan said that trees are currently up at Century Next Bank, First State Bank, Walmart, Timberline Federal Credit Union, First State Bank, Brookshires and Ashley County Medical Center.
The trees have ornaments with items that are needed written on each ornament. People are asked to take the ornament and buy the needed item and return it to one of the locations. The deadline to donate a gift is Dec. 14.
American Bikers Aimed Towards Education also hosts a toy run every year to collect toys for the JA Angel Tree projects. This year’s toy run will be 2 p.m.
In addition to the Angel Tree Program, the group also participates in events throughout the year to provide activities to children in the community. This year some of the JA projects included free pumpkin painting at Wiggins Cabin Festival and a stick horse rodeo at the Crossett Rodeo Festival.
Another tree-based giving program is provided courtesy of Beta Sigma Phi. The Crossett chapter of the sorority, Delta Xi, works in the community throughout the year by sponsoring things like the backpack program to send food home with children who may need it, and organizing their biggest fundraiser, The Wigggins Cabin Festival.
During the holidays the sorority’s main focus is the Dove Tree Program, which began 13 years ago after a simple suggestion blossomed into an event the members look forward to every year.
BSP member and Dove Tree organizer Patty Coody said that Dove Tree started 13 years ago when Tina White of Crossett contacted the group about a project her daughter had participated in when they lived in another town.
Coody said the sorority members thought that the project was a great idea and BSP’s annual Dove Tree was born.
Each year, Coody, Bridget White, Sylvia White and members of the chapter work to place trees in various places all over Crossett.
Community members are able to take a dove from the tree and return it with a gift for an elderly shut-in or a local nursing home resident.
Members of BSP gather the gifts together and deliver them during the holiday season to the older members of our community.
The recipients vary from residents at the local nursing homes and assisted living facilities to people who are cared for in their own homes or in the homes of others.
This year, the trees are located around town at Walmart, CenturyNext Bank, Timberline Credit Union, Brookshires, the Crossett Library and the Main Mall. The deadline to purchase a gift is Dec. 13.