November 14, 2016
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Mark your calendar: Holiday Kids' Tree lighting set for Dec. 2


As Halloween passes and Thanksgiving approaches, plans are underway to welcome in the Christmas and holiday season with the 28th annual AWB Holiday Kids' Tree Project. AWB hosts the lighting of the tree in the state Capitol rotunda each December. A special part of the event is the presentation of toys and cash gifts for rural fire districts to give out to needy families across the state.

Since 1989, the AWB Holiday Kids' Tree Project has raised and given away more than $370,000 to families in need. Firefighters have mentioned that these donations are often the only funds they receive to help needy families during the holiday season.

Mark your calendar for the public tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by AWB. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia. The theme for this year's tree decorations is "under the sea," and will again feature oversized stuffed characters from popular kids’ movies and television programs as tree ornaments. As always, when the tree comes down, those stuffed animals along with a book are given to children receiving care at Seattles Children’s Hospital.

To donate to this project, contact AWB's Bonnie Millikan.



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