Tree-lighting for Wilton-Lyndeborough community Giving Tree this Saturday

  • Last year's community Giving Tree, set up at the Copper Kettle To Go in Wilton. The Copper Kettle is hosting the tree again this year, and will officially light it during an event this Saturday. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/17/2021 11:44:27 AM

Starting Saturday, the Copper Kettle To Go is hosting a longstanding community tradition to ensure that children in need don’t go without this Christmas.

Each year, the Wilton-Lyndeborough Women’s Club hosts a Giving Tree. With assistance from the local school district, families who are in need submit the ages for their children and their requested gifts, which are written on a paper star and hung on the Giving Tree. Community members claim a star and buy the gifts, which are returned to the Giving Tree location with their star, to be distributed for Christmas.

Usually, the Giving Tree is hosted in Wilton in the Town Hall. But last year, during the pandemic, Town Hall was closed to visitors, so the women’s club approached Megan and Chris Gordon, co-owners of the Copper Kettle To Go on Main Street, to ask if they would host the tree instead.

“It was a no-brainer,” said Megan Gordon, who said her church had a similar concept when she was growing up.

Last year, the Giving Tree collected hundreds of presents, with the tree having to be restocked with gift requests at least four times. It was so successful, the Gordons were asked to host again this year. They agreed, and are even starting the season with an official “tree-lighting” ceremony. From 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., residents of Wilton and Lyndeborough and surrounding communities are invited to enjoy live Christmas music played by Matt the Sax, and take a tag or two before Black Friday shopping next week to support children in their towns.

“The requests consist of everything from underwear and socks, blankets for their bed to gift cards for the high-schoolers, so they can go to Dunkin’ Donuts with their friends, or out to eat, and not have to miss out because they worry about affording it,” Gordon said. “They do this every year, and our goal is obviously to get each and every star picked up.”

Tags on the community Giving Trees will be available until about a week before Christmas. Gifts should be returned wrapped, with their original “star” tag attached to either the Copper Kettle To Go or the JA Tarbell Library in Lyndeborough by Dec. 22.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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