December 8, 2014— Temple Beth El in Boca Raton founded The Giving Tree-Holiday Gift program nearly 30 years ago. It is an all volunteer grassroots organization consisting of hundreds of volunteers throughout the community at large. Their mission is to spread kindness, dignity and hope to those in need within the local Palm Beach County area. The non-denominational outreach helps foster children, homeless teens and victims of tragic circumstances, such as fire, illness or death of a parent. Wherever possible, every effort is made to reunify families and keep the children from shelters.
The Holiday gift program provides specific necessities to approximately 2000 needy local children and seniors yearly. This year, through an employee-driven initiative, FPU assumed responsibility for 30 children in the County’s “Guardian ad Litem” program, providing gifts for children who are abandoned, abused or neglected. Gifts are distributed directly to the children, including a few “extra” items that were not on the wish lists. We so enjoyed it, in 2015 we hope to assist more children! In some instances, the most basic essentials were requested by the children. It was heart-warming.
(L to R: Marsha of the Giving Tree, FPU employees Julie St. Clair, HR Generalist, Kelly Monaco, South Florida Operations Administrative Assistant, Bonnie Erdek, Community & Contract Administrator & Judy of the Giving Tree)