Give a little more this Christmas

(Sarah Pridgeon photos) The Long Term Care tree located in the Sundance State Bank.
(Sarah Pridgeon photos) The Long Term Care tree located in the Sundance State Bank.

By Sarah Pridgeon

Christmas may be a time for showering your loved ones with gifts, but it’s also the season for spreading that holiday warmth further afield. If you’re looking for opportunities to share some Christmas spirit with the community this year, why not leave a special gift under somebody else’s tree?

Three such opportunities currently exist in Sundance: one to ensure that the residents of the Long Term Care Unit know their community is thinking about them at this special time of year, one to provide gifts for less privileged kids in the local area and the third to ensure that every family can celebrate the season with full bellies and a smile.

In the lobby of Sundance State Bank, you’ll find a tree with angel-shaped decorations, each one bearing the name of a resident of the Long Term Care. Simply pick an angel, remove it from the tree and look to see what that particular person is hoping for from Santa.

The Sundance Community Christmas Basket tree at Sundance Dillon’s Hardware
The Sundance Community Christmas Basket tree at Sundance Dillon’s Hardware

Return the gift and the angel to the bank by December 15, where it will be collected and transported to the hospital in time for Christmas Day.

Meanwhile, in Dillon’s Hardware, a similar tree is standing in the entrance-way. This tree, however, bears tags with the gender and age group of disadvantaged children in the area as this year’s Sundance Community Christmas Baskets drive.

“No need to wrap,” says Reggie Gaylord.

“Then you can just drop it off here or at the Longhorn Saloon.”

Again, members of the community are invited to look at the tree to see the age groups to help you decide what gifts you would like to donate. As there is more than one child in each category, however, there is no need to remove the tag from the tree.

Finally, the Food Bank is always accepting donations from the community and is especially grateful for contributions at this time of the year.

“We absolutely are accepting donations for the pantry,” nods Katie Daves.

Boxes will be available in Diehl’s, Deckers and Corner Market to accept canned and dried goods. Any perishable meats must be donated directly to the pantry on a day when it is open and, to meet state health codes, must be professionally processed.

Homemade foods unfortunately cannot be accepted, Daves adds, because the items must be factory sealed and carry an expiration date.

To allow local families plenty of opportunity to visit before Christmas, the Food Pantry will be open this month on December 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To contact the pantry, call 290-0436.