The Portland community has several wonderful programs to help fellow community members during the holidays. As we enter the holiday season, The Portland Beacon would like to share information about these programs.
Today we take a closer look at the giving tree program hosted by Willemin Chiropractic.
When asked about the history of the program, Dr. Jason Williamson said, “This is our third year and we have no plans on quitting the event any time soon. I had organized a giving tree like this in the past, so I thought we should do it here in our great town as well. I contacted the local elementary school about what we wanted to do, and they thought it was a wonderful idea and gladly helped us.”
As for how the program works, Williamson said, “The school counselors determine the families in need, with children right here in our schools and finds out what needs and wishes they have for the upcoming Christmas season. We in turn make ornaments for each and hang them on our tree in the office.”
As with many new programs, the giving tree program had a slow start. Williamson added, “The first year, many did not know what to expect and were very skeptical, however our patients and Portland showed that they are amazing and such givers, willing to help out others in need. We had a huge success the first year and the second and are looking for another amazing year of giving to these local families. The wish list can include everything from toys for the kids, toiletries, clothing items, to food and family board games.”
Ornaments can be picked up at Willemin Chiropractic now until December 15th. Willemin Chiropractic is located at 912 E. Grand River. The office is normally open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-6:00, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00-12:0 an 1:00-6:00, Fridays 6:30 am -1:00 pm, and Saturdays 9:00-12:00. During Thanksgiving week, hours may vary so it may be helpful to call the office at 647-7585 ahead of time.
Williamson said, “Gifts need to be back to our office by the 15th, unwrapped, and with the tags. The office staff and I are blown away each year by the generosity of our patients and the community.” He added, “If this sounds like something you would like to help out with, just stop on by. If I do not know you yet, say hello. I'd love to meet you and say thank you!”
If you are involved with another holiday program focused on helping community members right here in Portland, The Portland Beacon may be able to help spread the word about your program. Please email us at ThePortlandBeacon@gmail.com.