Tree of Sharing brings smiles to thousands of Spokane families

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—A couple hundred people of Promise Apartment Complex in Spokane are opening presents this Christmas from a secret Santa they have never met.

Fifth grader Shilene Wymar is one of those children. Wymar’s parents got the opportunity to ask for a helping hand from the City’s Tree of Sharing.

“Right now neither myself nor my fiancé, we're not working and we're having a really hard time finding jobs so it's kind of a relief to know the kids will have something,” said Jamie Fulkerson.

Spokane’s Tree of Sharing is the largest in the nation. Volunteers fulfilled about 5,800 gift tag requests for those in need.  The Tree of Sharing serves all ages, from newborns to senior citizens and is run entirely by volunteers.

Wyman said she was more worried about making sure everyone else has a good Christmas.

“It makes me happy because some of my other friends got their name pulled too,” said Wymar.

Fulkerson said she wants her kids to know Christmas is about more than just presents. She is excited for them to have something to open Christmas morning.

“Thank you very much for doing this for my children,” said Fulkerson.

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