[Rebecca Taguma] read off a few of the items that are needed by the moms and kids at WCA: clothing, diapers, pots and pans, bath towels, bedding, toiletries and even bus passes to get around town. "All the goods collected through the Giving Tree go directly to the familfe's "Served by WCA, and if any are left over, they are saved ?or later distribution when the need arises," she said."When people come to the shelter, it's usually not planned, and they come with very little," Taguma said. "They are in crisis, and when they arrive, it means homelessness for them. Our shelter is lovely, it really is, but it's not home.""We took her to her stack of presents-it was a stack-and she was speechless. She dropped to her knees and started crying. She was completely overwhelmed and said to us, ? want you to thank the people who did this. Because I didn't think we'd have a Christmas. I didn't think I could give my kids a Christmas, and this is the best Christmas we've ever had.'"
THE DOWNTOWN BOISE GIVING TREE GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITYAmid the lights, the songs and sugary sweets, Christmas is, at its heart, really about the joy of giving to others, granting wishes and spreadi...