Julie Kalesnikoff beside one of the two trees set up at the Castlegar District and Public Library. Donations are being accepted until December 18.

Julie Kalesnikoff beside one of the two trees set up at the Castlegar District and Public Library. Donations are being accepted until December 18.

Giving Trees shaping up to be a huge success

District Library is accepting donations for those in need

By Chris StedileCastlegar News

The Castlegar Distric and Public Library is hoping to emulate the success of last year’s ‘Giving trees” project once again.

‘Giving trees’ is a community project hosted by the library that provides those that are less fortunate with new clothing for Christmas time.

“What people do, is they come in with newly purchased clothing or hand knit items and they place them on the tree. We then collect them and place them in different hampers that then go out,” said event coordinator and library personnel Julie Kalesnikoff.

“We just started it last year and it was huge. We had boxes upon boxes of stuff.,” she continued. “There was so much stuff we had to keep emptying the tree so this year we decided to put up two trees and already the one is getting quite full.”

The generosity of the people living in Castlegar is what fuels this project and the staff at the library couldn’t be happier with how the event is shaping up.

“People knit all kinds of wonderful and beautiful stuff. It’s really nice to see how generous the community can be,” Kalesnikoff added.

The last day to donate to ‘Giving trees’ is December 18. Donations can be dropped off at the library downtown and they do ask that all of the clothing is new and clean.

The library will also be accepting books for ‘Books under every tree.’