What do Christmas and the season mean to you? This is a question people ask every year. For many it’s the season of giving and bringing happiness to the life of family, friends and even strangers. In this season of giving The Sharing Tree becomes a true blessing for many Mt. Healthy residents. This season is difficult with the loss of an income or job, the loss of a place to live, or the inability to buy presents or barely feed a family. For this reason the City of Mt. Healthy and Mt. Healthy City School join forces for the 26th year to help those in the community that need an extra hand. The Sharing Tree organization helped 115 families this year, most of whom are part of the Mt. Healthy City School system. Volunteers with The Sharing Tree have worked all year preparing and collecting donations for the distribution event that occurred on December 20 that offered needy families in Mt. Healthy that helping hand. Families arrived in vehicles where volunteers packed their cars with food for a Holiday meal like ham, turkey, or chicken, potatoes, fresh or canned vegetables along with necessary toiletries. In addition families received presents that included books, clothes, and toys for Christmas, as well as wishes for a “Happy Holiday”.
The Sharing Tree is a non-profit organization run solely by volunteers and has helped needy families for over 26 years in the Mt. Healthy City School District and community. The Sharing Tree is a charitable partnership between The City of Mt. Healthy and Mt. Healthy City School District. Together, these organizations provide food, clothing, toys, books, and toiletries to families with children each year. Items are donated from many organizations including Kroger and Meijer, and the many patrons who donated to volunteers like Mt. Healthy Football players collecting items. Special gratitude goes to John Peters as he organizes and leads the charge for the scores of volunteers and donations that are given.
The Sharing Tree is supported by many organizations such as the Mt. Healthy Alliance of Churches, employees of the City of Mt. Healthy, the staff of Mt. Healthy City School District as well as all the school organizations who donate and volunteer their time, Fraternal Order of Eagles, local businesses, Custom LED, Gold Star Chili, and generous individuals such as Catherine Bach, Gregory Hall, Barb Harrich, Shirley Handler, Dave Horine, Stu Griffins, Dick Wendt. This year Kroger and Meijer played significant roles in the community for contributions.
The need is often great and therefore many adopt a family or a child from a list of those in need and stockpile the goods for distribution in December. For those interested in adopting a child, family or making a donation of food, toys or cash, please contact John Peters at 513-470-4920. The goal for donations for next year is early December, although donations are always welcome.
Donations by check may be made to The Sharing Tree – Mt. Healthy, and may be mailed to John Peters at the Mt. Healthy City Hall, 7700 Perry Street, Mt. Healthy, OH 45231, or to Becky Brooks at the Mt. Healthy Schools Treasurer’s office, 7615 Harrison Avenue, Mt. Healthy, OH 45231. A receipt will be sent to acknowledge your donation.