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POW 2 Union Titan - Wednesday December 23 2015 Generosity Many of the hundreds of gifts donated to the Giving Tree Program were on display at the Mason's storefront at the corner of Bannack Street and Idaho Street last week. The gifts have been delivered, ensuring a merry Christmas for 183 kids in the Dillon area. F Lee Graves photo Giving Tree gifts 183 kids By J.P. Plutt Dillon Tribune staff The Giving Tree, a local ef- fort to ensure all children in the area regardless of financial status enjoy a merry Christmas, delivered gifts to 183 children since Saturday. The program has been spreading holiday cheer for almost 30 years. When the program lost their long-time base of operations with theolosure of The Dilmart last month, Dillon Masonic Lodge No. 16 stepped forward to fill that void. The group of- fered a store front location at the corner of Bannack Street and Idaho Street at the old Bert's C.D.s location. In addition, they supplied three trees to support the gift tags and manned the location for almost a month, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Gail Kuntz picked up the program 27 years ago when she worked for the Depart- ment of Family Services. The Giving Tree had been going for a year or two before she be- came involved. Under Kuntz's leadership, the program began receiving financial donations and that was when Kuntz said the state expressed a desire to take over the financial aspect of the program. \They thought I ought to put the monies the state coffers,\ recalled Kuntz. \I said no and that's when I took over.\ The program has steadily grown over the years and this Christmas will deliver two gifts each to the 183 kids with re- quests. Kuntz says the program has 40 more kids than last year. \(am not a judge,\ said Kuntz of the application criteria. \I leave that to somebody higher School program season In the photo above, kindergarten classes from the Parkview Elementary stage \Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh?\ The program opened a full slate of school programs from all the various grades. In the photo above, Logan portrays Santa and Adi is Mrs Claus. The rest of the cast included reindeer, hot choco- late, flying animals and elves. The mission was to find a power source for Sant'as gift delivery system. J P Plutt photo Besides your fine clothes, our cleaning services include blankets, I comforters, pillows and area rugs. Drop -Off Service TUESDAY WEDNESDAY DILLON: Inn 1 , 0,u J.', a in . 1 ALDER: SHERIDAN' Tinforwit(t, TWIN BRIDGES `Ivn , I mak; Tioutliplo WIIITV flA I I • flinty IGA THURSDAY VIRGINIA CITY Hank s Drial JOHN'S WORDS OF WISDOM You never fail until vou stop trving N N I W I° . / 1 ' 1 I I 1 than me. If they put in a request they get their gifts.\ Gift tags are placed on the trees and generous program supporters come in, pull a tag, and fill the requests. This year the gifts were due by Dec. 18 to ensure a timely delivery. Kuntz says she has five or six friends who have faithfully served as elves throughout the years. In addition IA the help provided this year by the Ma- sons, KCI offered employee help through their community service program. Employees would come across the street to the Giving Tree location and donate an hour of their time. According to Lee Graves of the Masons, contributions came in from all across Beaverhead County and even parts of Madi- son County. Ripley at Rotary meeting today Dr. Anneliese A. Ripley, dean of the School of Outreach and Research at the University of Montana Western, will serve as the featured speaker at the noon meeting today of the Dillon Rotary Club in the Guild Hall of St. James Episcopal Church, 203 E. Glendale St. Ripley will lead a discussion of \Headline News from the School of Outreach\ and offer an update on new programming opportunities for the com- munity. Everyone is invited to attend. In At we . '422 RECTOR ORTHODONTICS je,if - r - ey L. hector - 'ODS, MS at the Dillon Dental Clinic . . •. • • Ku invite you to call our office to schedule s corricierrientivy orthodontic consuttat , or 406-5(17-1811 • www.RactorOrtho.com Ave, SozermA, 144T • facataxanactonytho 7 East Haien* St, DiNon, Art 59725 WE ARE HERE FOR YOU 7DAYSAWEEK+2Lf -IOURS A DAY RADIOLOGY + CT SCAN SERVICES -ft .\\I•s•RUBY VALLEY HOSPITAL ii TONYA ROMKEMA JOAN HENDRICKSON MARY ANN BIRDSILL MGR PLEASE CALL 406:842-5453 FOR AN APPOINTMENT 220 E. CROFOOT SI-IERIDAN. MONTANA TI-IE RUBY VALLEY HOSPITAL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER www.RUBYVALLEYHOSPITALcom Special Relationships Privileged Loyal patrOnAge wry best. Star, rwardi • 2016! • 0. • 0 •• 4orfour business! fP • • • 'e Jo rrr\ • • . * • • MILES SC HWA° Wessels Tire Center 91.16— A VY 1035Selway Dnve• Dillon MT • 406-683-8884 , 600 Hwy 91 South • Dillon. MT 59725 (406) 683-3000 • www.barretthospital.org •