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By Andi Bourne

A year of change and new blessings

The Annual Giving Tree


December 26, 2019

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church members Pat DeLeo (left) and Elder Spike Stone wrapping presents Wednesday, Dec. 18 in preparation for the gifts to be picked up. Stone and Bruce Vasko were two men from the congregation that stepped in to help in different roles with the Giving Tree after the project was expanded from just a ladies project. Pastor Carrie Benton said having so many new people from the congregation help was such a blessing. Benton added the amount of work required for the Giving Tree and the need in the community was very eye opening for many who had never been involved.

SEELEY LAKE – While the community may not have noticed any change with the annual Giving Tree that has been sponsored by the women of Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church for decades, this year was a year of transition. Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church Pastor Reverend Carrie Benton said God made a way. Thanks to the community's generosity, the annual Giving Tree provided 123 gifts to 64 children from 26 families in Seeley Lake.

Since its inception, the Giving Tree has always been a Mountain Lakes Presbyterian women's project. In the past couple of years, two of the main organizers passed...

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