“I wanted my children to know that not every child lives in the same reality and not every adult has a support system at their fingertips.” says The Giving Tree Founder, Bridget Leary.
With that wish, The Giving Tree was planted.
The Giving Tree, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in North Wales, is dedicated to the charitable education of children. With the support of a fantastic network of children, families, friends and community partners, such as Impact Thrift Stores, The Giving Tree has served families in need through annual hands-on projects to benefit various worthwhile causes.
The relationship between Impact Thrift and The Giving Tree began in March of 2013 when Impact Thrift donated books to The Giving Tree’s 2nd Annual Children’s Book Drive. At the time, Bridget and her colleague Patti Fuges’ goal was to collect books to donate to schools in the Tri-state area. In turn, the teachers would give the books to their students so they might enjoy reading them at home. Tamika Miller, Director of Community Outreach for Impact Thrift, loaded up a 12 foot truck with books and was the first supporter to arrive to the Montgomery Mall, with close to 700 books in tow, in support of their book drive initiative. Now, almost a year to the date of the book drive, the two organizations are joining forces, once again through a clothing drive to benefit Impact Thrift.
On Saturday March 15th, from 10am-2pm The Giving Tree is hosting a collection drive event for adult and children’s clothing to benefit Impact Thrift Stores! You are invited to join their effort by dropping off clothing donations at the Montgomery Mall, lower level lobby area in front of Sears.
Get a head start on your spring cleaning, de-clutter your homes, then stop by the mall to drop of donations of the gently-used children and adult clothing items that no longer fit your lifestyle.
The Giving Tree asks that you join their efforts, by not only donating, but supporting the hard work and merits of the children who will be rolling up their sleeves, sorting and filling bags to help others in need in our community. The group of children who will be working on this hands-on collection drive project will be comprised of students from various Montgomery County schools, as well as Bridget, Patti and Tamika’s own children.
Through the efforts of these children, The Giving Tree and Impact Thrift Stores will spread the seeds of generosity far beyond what they could have ever accomplished individually. Those seeds of generosity will grow into trees of hopes that will positively impact the lives of so many families and children in need.
To learn more about The Giving Tree and their annual “Working Hands Projects” please visit www.givingtreefamilies.org To host a collection drive for Impact Thrift Stores, contact Tamika Miller, Director of Community Outreach: firstname.lastname@example.org.