Giving Tree returning this holiday season in Tamaqua

Nov. 28—Those needing a little more warmth this year can take a scarf, hat, gloves or socks from the Giving Tree in Depot Square Park in Tamaqua starting Dec. 8

This is the seventh year for the tree sponsored by Safer Streets for Tamaqua's Little Feet.

The organization was started by John and Tammy Sienkiewicz after the death of their 23-year-old daughter.

Alexandria "Alex" Sienkiewicz died of a fentanyl overdose on April 2, 2016, in Tamaqua.

The idea for the tree began after members of the organization noticed that some people in the borough didn't have appropriate winter attire.

"This is a necessity this year," said Tammy Sienkiewicz, citing the high inflation that has driven up prices.

The free items will be available until Feb. 4.

Sienkiewicz said that 1,200 items — new, used and donated by the organization, people and businesses — will be placed on the tree.

Initially, 30 pieces of winter attire will adorn the tree. As items are taken, more will be added.

Donations are accepted at Hope & Coffee, 137 Pine St., and New Roots Recovery Center, 232 Pine St., and through the website saferstreetstamaqua.com.

"We are very grateful for the support to keep our community warm," Sienkiewicz said.

Sienkiewicz said that last year a father and daughter told her how they appreciated the generosity because they were going through a difficult time.

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