BIG SKY – Picture a holiday tree, with
angels adorning its limbs. Each has a
suggested gift for some children of the
big Sky community.

The Giving Tree is the Rotary Club of
big Sky’s annual holiday project, and
as in past years, it will stand in the post
office entrance.

Last year, 14 families with 24 children
received gifts and food boxes with fixings for Christmas dinner, according to
Rotary member Marie Rapp.

“The Big Sky community really gets
behind this and is very generous with
gifts and monetary donations,” Rapp
said in an email, noting that the Yellowstone Club fire Department presented
a large cash donation from club members last year.

The now-dissolved Big Sky Mom’s
Club started the giving tree, and Rotary
helped out with the food portion before
taking over the entire program four
years ago.

Two-dozen big Sky Rotary Club members are involved in the project, plus
other volunteers who help with wrapping the donated presents. for Rapp,
it’s the best part of being involved in
Rotary.

“This is local and benefits families who
are a part of this great community. I
don’t think that many people realize
that we have families in our own backyard that can use a little help around
the holidays. This, to me, is what it is
all about!”

Stop by the Big Sky post office to pick
up an angel or a stocking for a monetary
donation, and return the unwrapped
gift or donation to American Bank, First
Security Bank or Big Sky Western Bank before Dec. 22.