WCA Giving Tree 

Though money might not grow on trees, Christmas wishes do. The Women's and Children's Alliance is working to alleviate holiday stress with the Grove Plaza Giving Tree, an evergreen tree decked out with thousands of glittering bulbs and thousands of tags. Each tag is labeled with the wishes and basic needs of the many women and children receiving aid from the WCA. Items include things as small as toilet paper and laundry soap to children's toys and household goods like rugs and toasters.

In 2008, community members picked up more than 2,000 tags and fulfilled all of those wishes. The WCA is hoping that the 2,500 tags they have this year will receive the same treatment. The public can grab tags from the tree and then donate the new, unwrapped items to either the WCA main facility (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or the following Zions Bank locations: 890 Main St.; 7402 W. Fairview Ave.; 6176 N. Eagle Road; 3715 E. Overland Road, Meridian; 2121 W. Karcher Road, Nampa; and 509 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell.

The Women's and Children's Alliance serves as a support system for victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault. Last year, the organization provided nearly 12,000 safe bed nights to roughly 250 women and children. The holiday season is a tumultuous time for everyone, but for women and children trapped in abusive households, the need for support is even greater. So, gravitate toward the Grove and grab a tag to do your small part to help out.

Donations accepted until Friday, Dec. 18, Women and Children's Alliance, 720 W. Washington St., 208-343-3688, wcaboise.org.

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