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Another Caribbean Association Outreach Opportunity – The Giving Tree

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Last year, 2009 for the first time the CAC was involved and sponsored 50 bags of which 34 bags were filled through the kind generosity of the members and friends of the CAC and the remaining 16 from the CAC funds allocated for our Charity Outreach Programs.

This year, the CAC has agreed to sponsor 75 bags and we are asking once again for our members and friends to volunteer and give and sponsor a bag or bags for this worthy cause.

The bags will be available to you after the “Stapling Party” on October 23rd and need to be filled and returned to me no later than November 24, 2010.  For those wishing to fill a bag or bags please contact me directly at [email protected] or 13918679305 and I will coordinate with each of you on how to get the bags and child/children’s information to you.

The amount of money that we are asking to be allocated for purchases to fill each bag this year is 200 RMB.  We are asking for items of clothing, shoes, books, etc. age appropriate and for the winter season as the bags will be distributed during the winter.  

Of the 75 children the CAC will sponsor, all are from the Chang Lin Migrant School, the school that is already included in our charity outreach program and through the efforts of Nicoleen and the CAC, all 720 children at the Chang Lin Migrant School will receive a gift bag from the Giving Tree this year.

Of the 75 children allocated to the CAC, 24 are girls are 51 are boys and their ages range from 6 to 8 years old.

Each bag you sponsor, you will be given the child’s name, age, gender, height, weight and shoe size.


“Children are what drives our program. They are the reason people get involved, the reason the teachers teach and the principals & owners of the school open and run the schools. If you ask any current or past volunteers why they are involved with Giving Tree, you will get a variation of the same answer: “The kids”.

There is no more satisfying part of this program than seeing the kids so excited and full of anticipation before the gift giving ceremony, so ecstatic to receive their gift bags. Then the sheer joy on their faces when they look inside!!!  Never will you see children so excited over every last pencil, hair clip, toy car, toothbrush or clothing. Over the years, we have learned that some children have never received gifts before their gift bags!

This goes back to our main purpose… every child should experience the joy of receiving a gift just for them.

Giving Tree began in 2003 with one woman’s desire to reach out to the children of the migrant community in Shanghai. It has evolved from Joanne Gao Price’s first year helping 32 children to over 10,500 deserving kids in the 2009 season!

In the 7 completed seasons so far 26,774 children have received gift bags filled with essential items and fun gifts”.

For more information on the Giving Tree Organizaton go to www.givingtreechina.org

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