Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Palo Alto Online-Giving Tree’ short 20,000 gifts

Palo Alto Online: "Giving Tree’ short 20,000 gifts
But ‘virtual’ tree still makes giving possible

More than 20,000 children may miss out on gifts this Christmas, due to a deficit of donations to the Family Giving Tree.

Nearly 55,000 needy Bay Area children received gifts from the Family Giving Tree’s Holiday Program last year. But this year, when 6,000 volunteers arrive to prepare gifts before Christmas they won’t have enough presents to sort, founder and “Queen Elf” Jennifer Cullenbine, who started the program in Palo Alto, said.

“We are now facing a huge deficit. ... Sixteen years ago I started this program as an MBA project. In all those years, we have never had to worry about not being able to provide gifts for all the families we serve."

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