Umpqua and food bank team up for Giving Tree

By Meg Olson

The Point Roberts Food Bank and Umpqua Bank are teaming up to bring some holiday cheer to Point Roberts kids in need.

On December 1, the Giving Tree will be located at the Tyee Drive Umpqua Bank branch office, decorated with paper cutout girls and boys. Each ornament will be for a child of a certain age and community members can take one and buy a gift for that child, returning the gift, unwrapped, to the bank.

“We will wrap them here and the food bank will get them to the families,” said bank manager Jane Macdougall. She said any age-appropriate new items are welcomed, from toys and books to cozy clothes.

“It was amazing how much people brought us last year,” Macdougall said, saying it was a testament to the generosity of the Point Roberts community. “There were no more ornaments on the tree and gifts kept coming in!”

The bank will also be collecting food for the holidays starting on November 28. A drop box for non-perishable food donations is located near the south doors of the International Marketplace, and several businesses have donation jars.

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