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The Tradition Continues

posted by Katie Slade on Friday, November 22, 2013

Visits to grandma’s house, hanging stockings, or cooking a family recipe, each of us have our holiday traditions. The Christmas season is almost upon us and with it brings one of EPI’s favorite traditions, the Giving Tree.

Last year, EPI staff and the community showed an overwhelming amount of support, filling over 280 requests and providing gifts for more than 75 individuals as well as gifts for the CHOICE and Children’s programs.

Taking a tag from the tree provides much more than a simple gift. Many families and individuals served truly have no funds for gifts. A warm pair of gloves and a scarf, new pillows or a pair of tennis shoes are just a few of the modest needs that have been requested in the past.

These gifts not only fulfill a need, but also give the individual the joy of opening a gift this holiday season.

At EPI, we again look to our friends in the community to help make spirits bright this holiday.

Stop by 760 Ansborough Avenue between December 3 and 13 to find a special need you’d like to fulfill.

There will also be opportunities to visit us at one of the traveling Giving Tree stops in the community. Continue to check our website,, our Facebook page, or sign up for our email updates to find out where the tree will be stopping next.

We ask for wrapped gifts to be returned during regular business hours by

December 16. Monetary donations, hand written cards, and wrapping paper are also welcome.

From everyone at EPI, thank you for your continued support of this cherished tradition.

About The Author

Katie Slade is EPI's Organizational Development Director.