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“Tree of hope” offers affordable Christmas shopping for clients

Donations of new, unwrapped gifts requested by Dec. 9 for North Kent Connect Families

Each year, North Kent Connect (NKC) asks generous individuals, businesses, and churches to donate new, unused items to its “Tree of Hope,” allowing families to acquire clothing and other needed items at affordable prices.

“Shopping should be a joyous occasion; but for many families, Christmas is a financial burden,” said Claire Guisfredi, executive director of North Kent Connect. “Your donations make it possible for hundreds of NKC clients to purchase gifts at an extremely reduced cost, while maintaining their dignity.”

NKC clients can shop privately in the Christmas store for items ranging from $1 – $5 on Dec. 17 and 18. The NKC Thrift Store will be closed to the public on both days.

Items requested to fill the Christmas store for NKC clients include: pajamas, nightgowns, loungewear, winter boots, winter coats, snow pants, socks & underwear, sheets, blankets, pillows, bath towels, hand towels, and toys. New, unwrapped donations may be dropped off at NKC Monday through Thursday,
8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. All items must be received by Monday, December 9. 

H&R Block Cedar Springs will also be hosting a Tree of Hope as part of North Kent Connect’s Holiday Drive.

Please stop in to their office Nov. 14, 20, 21, 25 26 and Dec. 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to select an item tag to purchase needed items for our area families. All unwrapped purchases must be returned to our office by close on Dec. 5th. Please call us at 616-696-3702 for questions or information.

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