By Herb Ryan
December 17, 2016
Custer – The Select-A-Gift program has been going on for well over 20 years in Custer. Hundreds of families have had a happier Christmas thanks to the generosity of area individuals, businesses and organizations. Select-A-Gift trees are placed in locations around town with tags for particular gifts, people and businesses donate either money or buy gifts that are suggested on the tags. The gifts are the picked up by volunteers and placed in storage until the event is held. Families and individuals sign up for gifts at the warehouse or social services and local churches. The Custer Ministerial Alliance is a large part of the organizational vetting process for family and individual gifting.
Ultimately, this event is perfect example of community involvement that will bring Christmas joy to over 90 families this holiday season.
Chairperson Juli Ames-Curtis said ” This event is a huge amount of work and I want to thank all the volunteers, individuals and businesses that purchased gifts or gave cash, and the overall support of the community to make this another successful year providing much needed gifts for local families”.
Ames-Curtis also mentioned that, inclement weather prevented 25 families from picking up their gifts. They can pick up their gifts and food baskets at the “Storehouse” this Wednesday, December 21, 2016 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.