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Annual Giving Tree program at Rimrock Mall in Billings helps local organizations

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Posted at 7:03 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 21:03:14-05

The Giving Tree program at Rimrock Mall is an annual program where the mall partners with local organizations and provides an avenue for mall customers and mall patrons to aid in the organizations mission.

This year, the mall hosted Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley, Pooch'z B&B, A Forever Home, and Yellowstone Valley Boys and Girls Ranch. Each of these organizations has a holiday tree located in different locations of the mall.

Organizations decorate the trees with ornaments that have a specific item that a kid, family and even senior dog will need this holiday.

"This is our first year being involved with the Giving Tree program at Rimrock Mall, and it has been totally amazing," said Felicia Burg, development coordinator for Family Promise.

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Felicia Burg, development coordinator for Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley

Burg said that the generosity that the community has shown has been amazing, especially given the year everyone has had. She said she wants people to know that this is for the kids and the whole family.

"Parents too, they are working hard, they are saving money...We always make sure to address the parents and the children as well," said Burg.

Marge Hall, director of Pooch'z B&B, said people in the community have been wonderful.

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Marge Hall, Director of Pooch'z B&B

"We put ornaments on the tree with the dogs and their wishlists and they have all been so wonderful in leaving their gifts at the Dog Biscuit store and getting all kinds of needed items that we can use all year long for the senior dogs," said Hall.

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One of Pooch'z senior dogs relaxing.

Hall said the program is incredibly helpful due to the amount of senior dogs in need. She said she houses 14 senior dogs.

Jasmine Hansen, public relations coordinator for Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, said the Giving Tree program gave them the opportunity to add unique items into the lodges for kids.

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Jasmine Hansen, Public relations coordinator for Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch

"They have some new games to play and baking mixes and new craft projects and things like that," said Hansen.

Hansen said this will help kids this holiday season, even though they don't get to see their mom and dad or grandma and grandpa this holiday season.

The Giving Tree program will last until Dec. 19, so people still have time to grab an ornament and provide a senior dog, kid, or entire family with a need holiday gift.