Giving Tree of Rangely tree lighting is Nov. 27

RANGELEY — The Giving Tree of Rangeley’s public lighting returns this year after taking 2020 off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event, which signals the beginning of the Christmas season, will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Town Park. Note that the time is a change from past years.
The Giving Tree of Rangeley is an all-volunteer, all-donation organization that has been a tradition for 34 years, helping out fellow members of the community.
“There is still a great need for support within our community this year,” said organizer Marie Sutherland. She said this includes warm clothing for children, $30 IGA gift cards for seniors and $25 Citgo gas cards for residents who have to travel out of town for medical appointments.
The Giving Tree of Rangeley includes trees with tags around town that will be decorated with tags that people can pick up to shop for a specific gift or gift card. Trees will be at IGA, Rangeley Public Library and Furbish Brew House & Eats restaurant. Choose a tag, buy a gift and return it, unwrapped, with the tag by Friday, Dec. 3. Gifts may be dropped off during business hours at:
Library (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday);
Furbish Brew House & Eats (noon-7 p.m. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday)
Chamber of Commerce (10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday).
If you cannot drop off the gift during business hours, call Sutherland at 207-864-2301.
Financial donations are also accepted at Giving Tree of Rangeley, P.O. Box 222, Rangeley, ME 04970-0222. Another way to help is by buying a crocheted blanket, made specifically for the Giving Tree, or the children’s book “There is an Angel,” at Ecopelagicon on Pond Street.
“We appreciate all of your support in assisting us in making children and adults smile at this most joyous time of the year,” Sutherland said. “We hope that you have a wonderful holiday season.”