LYNDONVILLE - Christmas is coming early for H.O.P.E .in Lyndonville.
HOPE is a non profit organization that has already put up their tree, but it’s not exactly what you’d expect. HOPE is looking for people to take the ornaments off their tree. Each ornament has the name of a child on it, what they’re interested in and clothing sizes. Once you take the tag, you buy something for that child and bring it back to H.O.P.E. to give them on Christmas.
According to their website, “H.O.P.E. is a private, nonprofit agency helping families and individuals with life's basic needs. H.O.P.E is not affiliated with any religious organization or agency, and operates a thrift store in Lyndonville, Vermont to help fund its mission. Donations of household goods, clothing, jewelry, bedding, pocketbooks and accessories, toys for children and food for the emergency food pantry are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the H.O.P.E shop located at 101 Depot Street, in Lyndonville, Vermont.”
Yvette O’Connor knows it’s only October, but wanted to make sure there was plenty of time for people to do their Christmas shopping. “They’re not just buying for this one child, they’re buying for their own families,” O’Connor said. “So it gives them more time to buy. I think it’s less pressure.”
Every year, H.O.P.E. helps around 300 children get something on their wish list. Anyone interested in taking an ornament off the tree can do so through November 17 and bring those presents back by December 3.