The Caring Tree project is well underway this year.

A committee of volunteers, who solicit needs for those in our community who could use a little helping hand during the holidays, have trees and gift request tags in two locations. Those wishing to fill requests for youth and adults can find gift tags at First Bank of Montana in Choteau and the Choteau Post Office.

Participants may choose as many tags as they wish, fill gifts as requested and return the wrapped gifts with tag and ribbon taped to the package. Gifts can be returned to First Bank of Montana in Choteau or the Choteau Acantha.

Gifts are requested to be returned by Monday, Dec. 9. This deadline allows a few days for volunteers to sort, organize and deliver the presents. Gift requests range from hats and mittens to diapers to movie passes. Churches in outlying communities have already been sent gift request tags. Area 4-H clubs have picked up tags, as well as numerous individuals and businesses.

While the community has generously supported the Caring Tree for many years, there is an occasional tag that goes unfilled. Financial donations are always appreciated and would go toward the direct purchase of these unfilled tags. Monetary donations can be taken to First Bank of Montana in Choteau or sent to The Caring Tree in care of committee member, Jen Asselstine, P.O. Box 1314, Choteau, MT 59422.

If you have any questions regarding The Caring Tree, please direct them to Caring Tree Chairwomen Janelle Tschida at 590-1126 or Dawn Gunderson at 788-4207.