Good Idea Worth Borrowing for Castlegar

The Christmas 'Giving' tree is ready for loading at the Castlegar and District Public Library

Library volunteer Paula Reitan (L) and page Riley Chapman with the Christmas 'Giving' tree

An eye-catching feature at the Castlegar and District Public Library is designed to inspire generosity and compassion this festive season. It’s a ‘giving tree’ and folks are encouraged to load it up with new items to make life more comfortable for some of the less fortunate members of the community.

“I saw it first when I was looking at the website of another library,” described librarian Arlee Venier a day after the tree was set up earlier this week.

“I thought, ‘what a cool idea,’ then I realized it was quite a popular concept at different schools and libraries around the country.

“What a great opportunity for the community to help bring some cheer to someone else during the holiday season.”

Those wishing to get into the spirit are invited to bring in new items to the Castlegar and District Public Library; they may include scarves, toques, hats, gloves, mitts, socks, etc., and hang them on the tree. When the tree gets loaded up (and hopefully soon) no worries, they’ll just get busy loading it up again. All of the items will be included in the Christmas food hampers to be distributed on Dec. 21.