2012-12-07 / Community

Giving Tree inspired by youth


The Giving Tree at Inn by the Sea is decorated with paper ornaments and bookmarks created by local students. Project G.R.A.C.E. will distribute the collected gloves, hats and scarves to food banks, schools and Preble Street Chapel over the winter, and bookmarks raise money for school books. (Courtesy photo) The Giving Tree at Inn by the Sea is decorated with paper ornaments and bookmarks created by local students. Project G.R.A.C.E. will distribute the collected gloves, hats and scarves to food banks, schools and Preble Street Chapel over the winter, and bookmarks raise money for school books. (Courtesy photo) From Thanksgiving through New Year’s a brightly decorated Giving Tree graces the fireplace lounge at Inn by the Sea trimmed with paper decorations made by local students.

Inn guests and the community are invited to exchange warm mittens, scarves, hats or Chap Stick for the students’ handmade ornaments to help less fortunate neighbors. Visitors may also buy bookmarks decorated by Dyer and Kaler elementary school students to purchase school books from a list provided by teachers, for their schools’ reading program.

In appreciation for the exchange, Inn by the Sea will issue a gift certificate to each donor, valid in the spa or Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea January through June.

The clothes collected are distributed locally to food banks, schools and Preble Street Chapel by project G.R.A.C.E. (Granting Resources and Assistance through Community Effort), a Scarborough based agency that provides assistance to residents of southern Maine.

Rep. Jane Eberle has worked for several years to team Inn by the Sea with students from Memorial Middle Schools’ REACH and Connection programs, thirdgrade students at Brown Elementary School and South Portland High School’s Interact Club to create handmade holiday ornaments.

“The staff and guests at Inn by the Sea appreciate this opportunity to work with State Representative Jane Eberle, Project G.R.A.C.E. and local students during the holiday season,” said Sara Masterson, general manger at Inn by the Sea. “Our guests really enjoy giving back to the region where they vacation, in such a personal way.”

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