These books were just a few of the many gifts donated to Big Sky kids via the Big Sky Rotary’s Christmas Giving Tree program last year. The annual program is back again this year, and the community will soon be able to drop by the Big Sky Post Office to check out the Christmas tree decorated with ornaments describing the Christmas gift wishes of a local youngster. Decorative wreaths have been popping up around town lately—think you can do better? Head to the Big Sky Landscaping greenhouse in the West Fork on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The gift of giving

Two ways to support Big Sky kids this holiday season

Christmas Giving Tree returns

Ah, the pure, childhood joy of opening up a colorfully wrapped Christmas present. The suspense, the excitement, the glee! But for some families, purchasing all those hopeful holiday requests from young ones is easier imagined than afforded. 

The Rotary Club of Big Sky, as it has done in the past, hopes to ease the pricey present burden some Big Sky families face via the Christmas Giving Tree, which provides presents and a holiday meal to local families who might not be able to afford it otherwise. 

Families who would like to participate in the program are invited to pick up a Santa Letter from either American or First Security banks or the Country Market, have their kiddos fill out what they’d like under the tree this year, and then mail the confidential request in the self-addressed envelope no later than Dec. 7.

From there, the requests will be translated onto ornaments that will be hung on the Giving Tree at the Big Sky Post Office, where community members can select an ornament, which they’ll purchase the listed gift, dropping it back off, unwrapped along with the request ornament, at the post office. Interested gift-givers without time to shop can also pick up a donation slip to offer money the Rotary will use to buy any gifts not yet purchased once Christmas nears.

Then, near the end of December the Rotarians gather at a gift wrapping party before hitting the streets as Santas, of sorts, dropping off gifts at the homes of the families in need along with a full spread of ingredients to whip up a holiday feast.

 

Purchase and decorate a wreath, benefit Morningstar Learning Center

The holidays have that special way of bringing out the creative side of people. Decorating sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Donning the Christmas tree with lights, ornaments, and tinsel. Creating snowmen with coal eyes and carrot noses… and so on. 

Well, here’s another creative outlet—Morningstar Learning Center, in partnership with Big Sky Landscaping, is holding a wreath decorating fundraiser on Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Big Sky Landscaping greenhouse located behind Caliber Coffee.

For $40, attendees can purchase a pre-made, 100 percent evergreen wreath, prime for decorating. There will be plenty of festive fodder to adhere to the wreath, from boughs to ribbons, red berries, pinecones, and poinsettia flowers. Poinsettia plants also will be on hand for purchase, the price varying depending on size.

Not into decorating a wreath, but still want one for your home? Just contact Morningstar at sbyam@morningstarlearningcenter.com with an order prior to Dec. 1 and the center’s employees will be happy to whip one up during the Dec. 1 creative gathering to be picked up at the event or at the center later on.

Proceeds from the wreath will go towards Morningstar curriculum and classroom supplies. 

BSL owners Alan and Danielle McClain have supported the center for years. Projects facilitated by BSL include assisting in the build out of the Center’s playground, as well as the landscaping around the new infant center, and Danielle serves on the board of directors. 

“Though our children are long past pre-school age, we have employees with children that age,” said Alan. “And, ultimately, we believe a quality pre-school is an important element of our community.”

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