An entire town is coming together to buy gifts for children across their community.
The Town of Boston has what's called the "Sharing Tree," which is sponsored by the town, the Lyons Club and Boston Valley Elementary School. For Tony Schneider, whose family didn't have a lot of money when he was growing up, it's a chance to help others.
“I have a chance to give back and it feels good. It's amazing to see a kid who didn't think they would get a gift, light up because they got a gift,” Schneider said.
Gifts are gathered at the Town Hall and then distributed across the county.
“We call people "Santa's Helpers." They come in, take a tag,” Town Clerk Jennifer Mule said.
Herbert Kline has been giving since the tree tradition began more than 20 years ago. He said it is the little things that make the difference.
“One child had on their gift request a pair of shoes. It hits you that a little kid says a pair of shoes would make him happy,” Kline said.
“The presents will be packed up and shipped off to Boston Valley Elementary School. The families will receive the gifts from Santa on Christmas Eve.
Gifts are being collected until Wednesday and town officials say the community has gone above and beyond.
“It's nice to see people still care and not everyone lives in a "me" society,” Schneider said.
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