For many the upcoming holiday season is a time of joy, of thanks, family, friends and giving. But for others this typically joyous time of year is difficult.
According to Ryan Bailey, family and community services manager for Blue Valley Community Action, while many people enjoy sending and receiving gifts for Christmas, there are many people, particularly children, in the Fairbury area who will receive no gifts this Christmas due to hardship.
In what has become an annual holiday custom BVCA along with the support of American National Bank, First National Bank and Union Bank, all of Fairbury, have set up their Adopt a Family/Giving Tree program.
Bailey said Christmas trees have been put up in each financial institution. On the trees will be a card with a family's code. She said codes are used so that families and donors remain anonymous.