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Giving Tree is a goodwill gesture this holiday season

by Trinity Gruenberg

Christmas is the season for giving. Woodtick Lounge Owners Pam and Jeff Wiirre came up with an idea that involved keeping their employees busy during the shutdown while helping out the community.

“The community has been very nice to us and supported us and I know some people are not doing well this time of year,” said Pam.

On December 9, she approached her employees with the idea of a Giving Tree as a way to bring the community together and lend a hand. The employees were more than willing to help.

People can stop in or call to fill out a tag of what their kids would like for Christmas. Anyone can stop in and get one of those tags with the information and purchase the gifts needed. If you prefer, you can leave a gift or monetary donation and they will shop for the gifts. The names and addresses are confidential.

“Everyone goes through rough times,” shared Pam.

If you pick up a tag, please return it with the gifts so they know who the presents are for. They will ensure the gifts get to the families. This is open to residents of Hewitt and the surrounding communities—anyone in need.

Pam also purchased wrapping paper and they are offering gift wrapping for a freewill donation so that the bartenders may receive tips since they are mandated to be shutdown.

They have tags available if you would like to shop for someone. People also have offered to donate gifts.

“For a child to go without a Christmas gift is sad. They need something,” she added.

While they hope to reopen their business soon, they are “hanging in there.”

The Giving Tree and gift wrapping are available through December 23.

Their current hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; closed on Sundays. You may call them at 218-924-6006 or stop in at 406 Front Street in Hewitt.


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