Giving Trees at the Nevins Library
Throughout the Merrimack Valley there are many people who are in great need of what you might take for granted – food, shelter, love, and a package under the Christmas Tree. This year the Nevins Library is sponsoring a few different opportunities for you to give to people in need of help during this season of care and compassion. During December the Library will host two Giving Trees, and continue our regular monthly food drive which supports the Friday Food Backpack program in the Methuen Public Schools. You may donate food throughout the school year by placing your donations in the basket near the front door in the Library’s main lobby. Food items are then distributed on Fridays to children whose families need help on weekends and school vacations when the kids do not have access to school breakfast and lunch programs.
The Giving Trees will be here for the holiday season. You can come to the library and pick an ornament from one of the trees, and then purchase the item identified on the ornament. Drop the item (unwrapped) back at the Library, and we will make sure the items get to a child or elder in need of some holiday cheer! Details about our Giving Trees are below:
Children’s Giving Tree for Emmaus House
The Children’s Department of the Nevins Library has led the way for many years by hosting a Giving Tree for charity. This year we are helping provide gifts for the children served by Emmaus House in Haverhill. Did you know that the average age of a homeless person in Massachusetts is 8 years old? Through its shelters and housing programs, Emmaus, Inc. served 1,561 children from the Merrimack Valley last year, and on any given night 300 adults and children call Emmaus home. Please help ensure that these children have a happy holiday by donating gifts through the Nevins Library’s Children’s Giving Tree – stop by the Children’s Room and choose a wish list item to purchase and put under the tree by December 15, and we’ll wrap and deliver them to Emmaus!
Secret Santa for Seniors Tree for the Nevins Nursing Home
Help bring some holiday joy to the residents of Nevins Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by participating in the Secret Santa/Giving Tree at the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen. Anonymous tags with gift ideas will hang on the tree on the Library’s main floor. Pick up a tag and purchase the suggested item (no more than $10.00 please.) Please return your unwrapped gift by December 16th in the box located next to the tree. Gifts will be distributed at a party in December with a surprise visit from Santa! This program is coordinated by Connor Aalto, who is a student volunteer at the Nevins Home.
For more information about these holiday giving opportunities, please contact Krista McLeod, Library Director at 978-686-4080 ext 10