The Select-A-Gift trees are up and filled with tags at participating Custer churches, banks/credit unions and businesses. Community members are encouraged to take a gift tag from one of these trees and buy a gift for the person on the tag.
Select-A-Gift is part of the annual Custer Ministerial Alliance’s Christmas Community Project. This program helps families in need to experience the joy of giving and receiving gifts. Gifts are gathered during November and December for all age groups: children, teenagers, moms, dads and senior citizens of Custer County.
On Select-A-Gift day, families may pick one gift for each family member. The children as a family pick one present for mom and one for dad and the parents pick one present for each child. These gifts are then wrapped and tagged for opening on Christmas Day.
Organizers encourage folks to pick the “Mom” and “Dad” tags.
“We have a big need for these adult gifts and it is so heartwarming to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they learn they get to choose a gift for Mom and Dad,” said Select-A-Gift chairperson Julie Ames-Curtis.
Trees with Select-A-Gift tags are at Custer Lutheran Fellowship, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Custer Community Church, First Baptist Church, Crossroads Church, Grace Family Church, First Interstate Bank, Highmark Federal Credit Union, Dacotah Bank, Shopko, Family Dollar Store, True Value Hardware and the Custer Jr./Sr. High School library.
Gift suggestions are printed on the back of the tags. Gifts are to be returned (unwrapped) to the church or to the business where the gift tag was selected by Tuesday, Dec. 12. The gifts will be collected for distribution Saturday, Dec. 16.
Cash donations or checks made out to Custer Ministerial Alliance are also accepted and help fill in where gifts are needed. Trees that have cash donation envelopes are at First Interstate Bank, Shopko and Highmark Federal Credit Union.
Because of the generosity of the community, 93 area families experienced a happier Christmas in 2016. For questions or to help with this project, such as setting up or wrapping gifts, call call Ames-Curtis at 673-2967 or 970-391-9921.
If you are a Custer County resident or know of someone or a family who could use help this Christmas, call Donna at Custer Lutheran Fellowship, 673-4691, to find out if you qualify for this program.