Giving Tree goes up early to ensure a Merry Christmas

The Giving Tree, sponsored by Langdon’s General Store, will once again be going up to help area families have a happy holiday.

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Posted 10/29/2016

By Melissa Anderson

The Giving Tree will be up and accepting family requests and have tags available to start fulfilling on November 1st at Langdon’s General Store.

“By moving up the date we are hoping the word will spread more, and we will be able to help more families this year. This program is meant to help as many families as possible so everyone gets something for Christmas,” Marie Mack, part-owner and general manager, said.

The Giving Tree is an amazing program that was started over three years ago. The program has since expanded and has been able to help many members of the Langdon community, both young and old alike.

“We personally find great joy in helping our community,” Mack said, “Being a small town business owner, this is our way of giving back during the holiday season.”

Langdon’s General Store was amazed by the response the Giving Tree saw last year and cannot thank the community enough for all of their support and help in making someone’s Christmas brighter.

The Giving Tree will once again be located in the main lobby of Langdon’s General Store. With this location, the process of selecting a tag/filling the needs/wants and returning the gift will be as easy and convenient as possible for those donating.

“This lead to a greater participation both in donating and people placing themselves on the tree last year,” Mack said.

The goal of this community project is to bring Christmas cheer to those who might not otherwise receive a gift this year.  Last year our generous community donated enough gifts that every family that contacted Langdon General Store directly  received presents.

The gift of giving didn’t stop there as along with providing gifts to those families, Langdon’s General Store was able to provide presents for Cavalier County Social Services, Maple Manor, Osnabrock Community Living Center, Cavalier County Senior Center, Langdon Area Elementary School, and Langdon Area High School.

There were various cash donations from organizations and individuals that were greatly appreciated to help fulfill a number of the tags. Langdon’s General Store also had various community groups that came in and selected tags to fulfill with money they had raised for this program.

“We were blown away by the response from our community,” Mack said.

The Giving Tree is a commitment that the Macks and Chaputs take seriously, and they make sure to do their part for the program as no tags are left unfilled.

“Langdon’s General Store made sure all tags were fulfilled. That is our personal commitment to this program,” Mack stated.

The Giving Tree is a great opportunity to support children and families who are in need in the local community. If you would like your family’s Christmas wishes put on the Giving tree please provide the following information when calling or stopping in:

Your name

Recipient(s)’s name (Family or just children)

Recipient(s)’s ages

Christmas Wishes

Address where you would like gifts delivered

“The response and generosity from the Langdon and surrounding communities last year was so great. We are very appreciative of your help making Christmas brighter for those who need it.”

The Giving Tree will be going up at Langdon’s General Store on November 1st. All gifts need to be returned, unwrapped or wrapped with their Giving Tree tags attached, to Langdon’s General Store no later than Monday, December 19th.

“We were asked by recipient families and entities that work hand in hand with us on this project to please push the date ahead to the 19th to allow extra time so it isn’t such a rush to get the gifts sorted and distributed,” Mack explained.

The gifts will then be delivered to the recipients between December 20th – 25th. All names of children and families will be kept entirely confidential. If you would like to put your family or kids as recipients of gifts this year, please contact:

• Your schools’ counselor-  Ms. Knudson, Mrs. Sanders, or Mrs. Boesl.

• Marie Mack 701-370-6847

• Vanessa Chaput 701-306-9334

• Alex Chaput 701-370-9849

• Langdon’s General Store 701-256-3868 or stop in to visit

“Thank you very much in advance for your help this Christmas Season!” Mack stated.

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