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For Immediate Release
December 8, 2015

Contact Alicia Kuklish, Resource Development Supervisor, (office) 308-633-2822 or
(cell) 308-765-8447, or

The Giving Tree Makes Holidays Brighter
for Children in Child Welfare System

Lincoln—Brighten the holidays for local children in the child welfare system and provide them a gift during a time that often is lonely and stressful, said Alicia Kuklish, Department of Health and Human Services resource development supervisor, in announcing two locations where residents can pick up gift ideas from The Giving Tree.

Trees adorned with ornaments bearing items for children will be placed at area U.S. Bank locations in Scottsbluff at 702 E. 27th St., and Gering at 1650 10th St., she said.

“Christmas is about the joy of giving and helping those in need,” Kuklish said. “Children in the child welfare system may see years when they don’t celebrate Christmas. The Giving Tree keeps the spirit of Christmas alive for children involved with the child welfare system, and it also lets families know they are cared for and supported.”

The public is invited to pick an ornament and check it out from a U.S. Bank teller. Gifts must be returned no later than Dec. 16. She asked that gifts not be wrapped so parents and foster parents know what was purchased. Cash donations cannot be accepted.