A Pleasanton family has set up a “giving tree” in front of their house for children in need this holiday season.
The decorated tree has a sign asking if anyone knows a child in need. Passersby can fill out a form and add it to the tree, and neighbors are encouraged to take those forms and shop for a gift.
The Giles family usually adopts a family or child from the giving tree where their own children attend school. This year, with school virtual, they decided to take the spirit of giving into their own hands.
“One of our favorite quotes is ‘there are angels among us, so be one,’” said Leah Giles. “We just wanted to take part in doing something for the community. When we got our tree inside we decided to get one more and put it in front. People walk or drive by and have an opportunity to put something for them or a family or child in need that they know of.”