The 29th annual lighting of the AWB Holiday Kids’ Tree at the Capitol rotunda went off without a hitch on Dec. 1. This year’s theme was “friends of the forest” and featured stuffed ornaments representing and animals native to Washington state, including the state bird, the American Goldfinch. The tree also featured 7,000 new LED lights.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman was on hand to light the tree with the help of seven-year veteran of the Washington National Guard, Company Commander and 1st Lieutenant Shawnta M. DiFalco and her two daughters, ages 14 and 16.
AWB’s annual Holiday Kids’ Tree Project has raised more than $400,000 since 1989 to distribute to rural fire departments to help their local families have a bright holiday season. All donations are funded by AWB members and the private sector.
During the two-hour event, cash and gifts were distributed to more than a dozen rural fire districts, Kids in Concert sang Christmas classics, children visited with Santa, and, most of all, a spirit of generosity brought an enthusiastic opening to the holiday and Christmas season in Olympia and for all of Washington.
Read more about the AWB Holiday Kids’ Tree Project here.
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