I stopped into the Central Library in Junction yesterday and met Bob Kretschman, Public Information Manager for the Mesa County Libraries, and ask him about the upcoming Giving Trees program.


Mesa Country Library

The Giving Tree Program works to Fulfill Gift Wishes of the less fortunate here in Junction and Mesa county. Mesa County Libraries and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach are working together again this year. Christmas trees are located at the Central Library in Grand Junction, as well as the library branches in Clifton, De Beque, and Fruita.

Mesa Country Library

On the trees, gift tags can be found that have the age, gender, and personalized gift wishes of local Catholic Outreach clients.

Local residents are encouraged to go to one of the locations, grab a tag, fill out their contact information, and bring back an unwrapped gift the gift tag listed.

Every year this initiative benefits between 150 and 200 people in need and "a lot of these folks are really under privileged, they're down on their luck, they're really going through some hard times and it means a lot to them to get some of these gifts" according to Bob Kretschman of Mesa County Libraries. The giving trees go up tomorrow November 16th. The initiative will continue until December 10th. Stop by and help a family less fortunate this holiday season.  You'll be glad you did.