A group of youngsters from the Steinke family show off the bulbs they selected from The Inyo Registerâ€™s Wish Tree Thursday. Each youngster will purchase gifts for the kids represented by the bulbs to ensure Christmas wishes come true for their less fortunate peers. Photo by Mike Gervais
Inyo County residents have an opportunity to make local youngstersâ€™ Christmas wishes come true by participating in the annual Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action Wish Tree program.
For the 17th year, IMACA is partnering with The Inyo Register and dozens of other local businesses and community organizations to ensure that less-fortunate youth throughout the county donâ€™t have to go without this holiday season.
Through the Wish Tree program, income-eligible families are invited to fill out a â€śbulbâ€ť for the Wish Tree, providing information about what the children want for Christmas, including clothing and shoe sizes.
â€śThis wonderful program provides holiday gifts to children 13 years of age and younger who are in low-income households throughout Inyo County and the Chalfant Valley,â€ť a press release from IMACA Executive Director Lynn Bethel states. â€śLast year, with local community support, we were able to provide holiday gifts to more than 600 children.â€ť
Residents are invited to stop by any of 10 participating businesses to select a â€śbulbâ€ť off the Wish Tree and do some holiday shopping for the child the bulb represents.
All gifts purchased for the Wish Tree program must be returned to the business that checked out the bulb, unwrapped, by Thursday, Dec. 13.
Bulbs can be picked up in Bishop at The Inyo Register, AltaOne Credit Union, Eastern Sierra Community Bank, Mountain Light Gallery, Studio 27 and Suddenlink; in Big Pine at High Country Market and Hardware; in Independence at Jennyâ€™s CafĂ©; and in Lone Pine at El Dorado Savings and AltaOne Credit Union.
In addition to the hundreds of residents who step up to purchase gifts for the Wish Tree, a number of local businesses have also come forward and volunteered to pitch in by offering special Wish Tree discounts.
This year, Bee Geeâ€™s Beauty Supply, Been Franklin, Bishop Art Supply and Dwayneâ€™s Friendly Pharmacy in Bishop and Gardnerâ€™s TruValue and Lone Pine Pharmacy are offering 10 percent discounts.
Spellbinder Books is offering a $20 discount.