The trees are losing their leaves, the fall sports season is coming to a close and local residents are gearing up for another Caring Tree season. The annual Caring Tree gift drive has been an integral part of the holiday tradition here in Teton County for many years, allowing the community to provide for those who need a little help during the holiday season.  

Once gift recipients are identified, volunteers write each request onto a colorful and encoded gift tag which is then placed on either the Caring Tree at the Choteau Post Office or the one at First Security Bank in Choteau. 

Community members are encouraged to take a tag, and, following the directions on the back, fill the tag with an appropriate gift and return it to First Security Bank-Choteau or the Choteau Acantha, wrapped and ready to deliver. Tags will be placed on the two trees the Monday before Thanksgiving.

If you know of a child, adult, family or elderly person in the community who could benefit from the Caring Tree, please submit a gift request by Nov. 12. The Caring Tree project will fill two requests per person, including one “need” item and one “want.” For example, a child may need winter boots and want a new toy. To place requests, please contact Caring Tree Chairwoman Janelle (Campbell) Tschida at 590-1126.