Giving Tree feeds 100 area families

Farragut and surrounding communities came together in droves to provide 100 area families with a Christmas they otherwise might not have experienced through Project Giving Tree.

The annual joint effort by the parent-teacher organizations at Farragut Primary, Intermediate, Middle and High schools collected $10,000 beyond its $12,500 goal, long-time volunteer LeighAnna Colgrove said.

“Thanks to the generosity of our Farragut community, we’ve received over $22,500 in monetary donations and gift cards,” she said. “The additional funds allowed us to gift each family with more gift cards and to purchase special needs like coats and shoes.

“Early in our drive, Concord United Methodist Church donated $50 per family as a Walmart card, for a total gift of $5,000,” Colgrove added. “The donations at the end were really all community donors, most families $25-$50, some more.”

Volunteers helped with distribution Friday, Dec. 9, at FPS, where families picked up their gift, gift cards and food boxes.

“We served over 100 families and 250-plus children,” Colgrove said. “We would like to thank all our donors, private shoppers and community partners, including Compassion Ministries, for food boxes; Farragut Dugout Club, FHS National Spanish Honor Society, FHS Student Government Association, Northshore Elementary School for collecting donations at their holiday concert series, PrintEdge, Shepherd of Hope pantry, Sierra Pacific Mortgage and Virtue Church. In addition to our donors, Giving Tree would not be possible without the dedication and leadership of our Project Giving Tree team — Mary Greene, Jessica Barksdale, Kelley Neal, Nikki Hickman, Kelly Hasan, Jelena Browning and Christy Davis. “