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Around this time every year we all get a little wrapped up in the holiday season.  We rush around baking cookies, making feasts, picking up relatives from the airport, making lists (checking them twice), and wrapping up the perfect presents for our loved ones.  It’s very easy to get caught up in creating your own personal holiday wonderland for your family.

The joy and pleasure you feel for the holiday season does not come as easily to some families.  That’s why at this time of year, more than ever, it’s important to take the time to consider those families in true need this season.

So stop. Take a breath.  And think about what you could do to share a little of your joy with local families in need.  The Giving Tree, a gift-giving program is designed to spread holiday cheer from those of us with a little more to give, to those who really could use it this Christmas.

The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has organized The Giving Tree program to aid those impacted by domestic abuse, during the holiday season.  Children affected by domestic abuse can be especially vulnerable this time of year.

This year the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is trying something new. “Our goal is that every child involved in our programs will receive a new book as a special gift,” says Cintra Warden, head of volunteers for the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. “This is the first time we’ve attempted to gift a book to each child with whom we work.”

Many local businesses around the North Shore have already chosen to promote and donate to this program and it is simple for residents to get involved as well.  Gift tags with a request for a gift can be found on trees at Interlocks Salon and Spa as well as Valentino’s Hair Salon.  Jabberwocky and The Book Rack are also hosting trees with requests by children for books.