The annual Phi Theta Kappa “Giving Tree” at Williston State College has returned for the 2018 holiday season.
Located in the college bookstore lobby, the giving tree features 100 paper ornaments with a list of needs from Williston area groups and organizations.
A person selects an ornament, buys the item listed and returns both the ornament and the wrapped gift to the college.
Phi Theta Kappa members then deliver the gifts to the organizations.
“This year, 50 ornaments are going toward Head Start and the other 50 toward Williston Wonders,” explains Student Life Coordinator and Co-Advisor of PTK, Karissa Kjos. “Our PTK students pick the organizations they want to support.”
Head Start is a federally-funded program that provides early educational opportunities to children ages three to five who are living in poverty conditions.
The Williston Wonders is a community group that hosts free and low-cost sporting opportunities for people with specials needs of all ages and their families.
“It is important to give back all year round, but especially over the holidays,” says Kjos. “Many groups in Williston are unable to afford general supplies and activities so this is a small way for us to help them and make a big difference.”