Giving Tree of Rangeley lighting is Nov. 30

RANGELEY — The 32nd lighting of the Giving Tree of Rangeley will be 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.
The annual event opens the Christmas season in Rangeley. There will be live music, singing and special guests including Santa Claus. Dress warm, bring the children, your singing voice, a flashlight and feel the joy of the season. The ceremony will be followed by a reception with hot cocoa and cake at the Congregational church barn on High Street with the angel, Santa and his elf.
The Giving Tree of Rangeley is an all-volunteer all donation community based organization that helps families in the area with warm clothing and boots for their children.
There are three trees set up with gift tags listing specific items needed to fulfill requests for area children. In addition there are gift tags that are more generic with requests for books, gift cards, etc. There will be a tree at the Rangeley Public Library and the Skowhegan and Franklin savings banks. Those who want to take part may take a tag, enter the tag number on the provided sheet, shop for the item and return the tag with the unwrapped item in the provided box at the library or bank. Organizers ask that all gifts be returned to the location the tag was taken from by Wednesday, Dec. 4, if it is specific to a child and Friday, Dec. 13 if it is a generic tag.
IGA Gift Cards will also be collected to distribute to local seniors and families in the area, for the amount of $30 each. Donations and items for the Giving Tree of Rangeley may be dropped off at Skowhegan Savings Bank during business hours or mailed to The Giving Tree of Rangeley P.O. Box 222 Rangeley, ME 04970-0222.
Another fund-raising effort of The Giving Tree of Rangeley is a children’s book, “The Angel in Rangeley….The Giving Tree Story,” for sale at Ecopelagicon on Pond Street, or privately by contacting Carmen Glidden at 207-864-3807. The cost of the book is $7. The story is based on the events of a local family 32 years ago that led to the creation of the Giving Tree of Rangeley.
Those who could use a helping hand with children’s winter clothing, or know a family that can, may contact Glidden or Marie Sutherland at 617-921-1867. The family must live in the Rangeley Lakes Region School district, but the children can be from newborn to high school age.