Spencer Jaycees Gearing Up For Their Annual "Tree Of Joy" Project
(Spencer)-- The Spencer Jaycees once again this year are holding their annual Tree of Joy project to help make the holidays a little brighter for some less fortunate children.
Club member Jayden Naber tells KUOO news they will be accepting donations of money and unwrapped, unused toys beginning Monday, December 2nd through the end of the business day Tuesday, December 17th. She says they may be dropped off at three different locations in Spencer...
"One is the 705 Grand Avenue location of Northwest Bank, SMU and Y100. And they also have a drop-off box at Menards."
Naber says members of the Spencer Jaycees find the project to be very fulfilling...
"Basically we get all the donations dropped off and sort those out to any families that are kind of asking for those types of toys or presents already and then from there we go and do the rest of the shopping, so it's very cool. I was shocked the first couple of years how much we were able to spend on each child and basically make it a Christmas they won't forget."
Naber says the Spencer Jaycees coordinate the Tree of Joy project with Upper Des Moines Opportunity...
"We get out list of families through there and this year we are going to have well over a hundred kids again this year we are going to impact. And not only are we doing gifts again this year, but we also do one big holiday meal of all the fixings between turkey, stuffing, pie, everything like that, kind of ready to go for them to cook or get ready."
Naber says the Tree of Joy project has been a longstanding tradition with the Spencer Jaycees.