Giving Tree 2020

Windom, MN – Windom Area Health (WAH), along with the support from Sanford Clinics in Windom and Mountain Lake, Windom Family Medical Clinic, Windom Fire Department, Windom Police, Windom Emergency Services, City of Windom, Windom Chamber, and the Windom Kiwanis Club will be donating gifts to 126 kids in Cottonwood and Jackson Counties identified as a need by a silent partner.

“This is a way we can give back to our communities,” states Travis Eichstadt, WAH IT, founder and now co-organizer of the Giving Tree, “Letting our communities know we recognize the hard times we have seen and we are here to support when and where we can. The Giving Tree project was created to prove that when we lock arms together, it is amazing to see what we can do for our communities.”

The Giving Tree is a community project WAH Employee Focus Team started two years ago as an opportunity to provide gifts for children that may not otherwise receive anything during the holiday season. In 2018, WAH employees sponsored 58 children in Cottonwood County. That number increased in 2019 to 71 children in Cottonwood and spread to Jackson County.

“This is our third year of the Giving Tree, and each year we have seen our numbers grow,” states Kim Armstrong, WAH Executive Director of Compliance and Foundation/Auxiliary, and now head chair of the Giving Tree. “My office is exploding with gifts that I can hardly walk in, but my heart is so full! With the need growing and the Giving Tree numbers rising, we are thrilled to partner with more Windom Community entities in 2020.”

This year the Giving Tree will participate in the COVID-19 revamped Windom Chamber event, A Drive Through Christmas Experience. The Windom Fire Department and EMS will be transporting the gifts in a parade around Windom on December 17, starting at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the Giving Tree program, please contact Kim Armstrong at 831-0615, kimberly.armstrong@sanfordhealth.org.

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