DAYTON The Dayton giving tree helps families in need for the eighth year. The numbers from last year have nearly doubled, and families are in need of help more than ever.
Those in need put their information on tags, and others take a tag and make donations. A smaller version of the tree was brought to the Dayton Christmas party. This year, the tree has 12 families with nearly 40 children in need. More families are in need than in any previous year. Unlike other holiday programs, these families need winter necessities to survive. These needs range from winter clothing to things as simple as firewood.
"This is an especially difficult year because a lot of people are out of work, a lot of people who used to give, some of them are on the tree this year because things have happened that have made them less able to help for their own Christmas," said Jane Braithwait, co-owner of Braithwait Studios.
The tree can be found at Braithwait Studios at 415 Mason Street, Dayton, where tags can be picked up and donations made.