The Christmas tree in the Westport YMCA lobby does not look particularly imposing.
Pushed up against a wall, it’s average-size. The silver decorations and twinkly lights are pretty basic.
But look closer, because this is a special tree.
Pinned to the branches are dozens of tags. Each bears the wish of a local child whose family faces tough times.
“Girl, 15 years,” says one. “Gift certificate to Marshall’s.”
“Boy, 6 years,” reads another. “Mittens or gloves.”
And this simple request: “Girl, 3 years. Toy.”
To give a gift for any child on the tree, just bring it to the Y’s front desk by next Monday (December 12).
The Y has endured plenty of controversy recently. But issues like leaving downtown and the adequacy of Mahackeno’s sewage systems pale in comparison to the simple holiday wishes of local kids in a time of need.