The purest embodiment of the holiday spirit is one that gives graciously not just to friends and family but also to those most in need.
The Carroll and Dolores Anstaett Gift Tree Fund has radiated that spirit since its establishment in 2004 and continued to do the same again this year with two grants totaling $1,581 to the Interfaith Caregiver’s Gift Tree Program.
The Gift Tree program adopts applying families every year, in order to ensure that the families can enjoy
a full and joyous Christmas, according to Megan Taylor, Interfaith Caregivers executive director.
“Gift Tree is serving 76 families of all sizes this year. That is over 350 individuals. Applications were submitted from various human service agencies in our county,” said Taylor.
“Interfaith Caregivers and the Olean Times Herald join together each year to list the needs in the newspaper,” Taylor added. “For the first time, we were able to adopt out all families in the first week of being published in the OTH.”
Grants from the Anstaett’s fund help provide Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificates to families, allowing them options to meet their holiday shopping wishes that might not be covered by purchased items.
“The gift certificates from the Foundation and the Anstaetts are an extra special touch to share with the families for Christmas,” Taylor added. “Interfaith Caregivers is thankful for the Foundation’s continued support of our Gift Tree program.”
CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit added that there is always a need for individuals to support such causes such as the Gift Tree program, especially around the holidays.
“It is important to remember that the holidays are a tough time for some families, as they try to provide the best for their children on a limited income,” Ms. Buchheit added. “We are fortunate to have a number of donors at the Foundation who strive to support those in need all year round, but especially around the holidays.”
Donations can be made to the Carroll and Dolores Anstaett Gift Tree Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union St., or online at cattfoundation.org.
Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).