December 22, 2016
2016 Year in Review B

28th annual AWB Holiday Kids' Tree Project, tree lighting a success

AWB again helped organize the annual tree-lighting ceremony at the state Capitol support of the Department of Enterprise Services, which put the 30-foot tree in place in the Rotunda. Weyerhaeuser donated the tree from its Vail Tree Farm near Yelm. TVW has video of the full tree-lighting ceremony, and will be broadcasting it on its television channel throughout the holiday and Christmas season.

Chief Maungwai Soe, the command drug and alcohol program advisor at Naval Base Kitsap, lit the tree with his wife and their two young children. Soe is the commanding officer's advisor on all matters relating to alcohol or other drugs and is also responsible for the successful completion of Funeral Honors Services in support of active, retired, and honorably separated service members.

This tree lighting is part of the 28th annual AWB Holiday Kids' Tree Project, which raises funds to help provide gifts for families in need. 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 $393,000. Firefighters have mentioned that these donations are often the only funds they receive to help needy families during the holiday season.

The theme for this year's tree decorations was "Under the Sea," and again featured 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 a Puget Sound-area children’s hospital.

For a 94-second view of a full day's worth of tree setup (including the raising of the tree), watch this video on AWB's Facebook page.

The Spokesman-Review, The Olympian, The Chronicle, The Nisqually Valley News, Thurston Talk and the Secretary of State's office covered the tree-raising.

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

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