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United Way delivers trees to those in need

From the Rappahannock United Way:

Holiday traditions, like decorating a Christmas tree, may seem commonplace for most families. For others less fortunate, celebrating

the holidays is not always as cheerful. United Way and Target have teamed up again this year to bring holiday cheer to families in need.

United Way and its volunteers will distribute holiday trees donated by Target stores across the country – worth over $200,000 – to families in need, and agencies such as shelters, community centers and childcare programs.

“This is a wonderful program which demonstrates Target’s commitment to their legacy of giving and service to our local community,” said Rappahannock United Way Director of Community Impact, Sarah Walsh. “Families facing financial difficulties are able to enjoy some of the holiday sparkle that a tree can bring to a home…thanks to Target.”

Locally, Rappahannock United Way received 22 trees from area Target stores as part of the program this year. The trees were picked up and delivered by volunteers to the following organizations:

• Caroline Department of Social Services

• Home Instead

• Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters

• Stafford Department of Social Services

• Westmoreland Department of Social Services

This is the 22nd consecutive year United Way and Target have donated holiday trees as part of the Share-a-Tree program and the 9th

year Rappahannock United Way and local Target stores have participated.

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