Hub’s Giving Tree Project Raises Over $6,100 in December

Gift cards given to AE/MS and Town for distribution

By Larry Chase

What an amazing response we got from this generous community during the holidays! Through the Hub’s second annual Giving Tree project in December, over $6,100 was collected for people in need in Andover via 161 donated gift cards for groceries, gas, household needs, etc. 

The gift cards collected were passed along mostly to the staff at AE/MS, with some going to the Town Office, to share with folks they know are struggling. By comparison, the initial Giving Tree project in 2020 attracted just shy of $5,000.

A special shout-out goes to JJ’s Market and Deli for collecting gift cards at the store in Andover Village, posting a flyer, and allowing informational handouts on the counter by the cash registers. JJ’s was also the drop-off location for the Andover Turkey Trotters who donated several hundred dollars’ worth of gift cards early on.

What a huge blessing for many local families! These gift cards will be given throughout the winter as families need them. Thank you to everyone involved, and best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!