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Hands of Hope 

There are 35 to 50 Hands of Hope trees standing in the entrances of Walmarts, restaurants, schools, corner and other stores. On the trees are tags with gift requests by children from poverty-level families.Kathy Harvey, the director of Hands of Hope explains she has seen a difference in the requests of the children this year. Harvey says, “Last year somewhere about twenty or twenty five on their lists were bedding, this year that’s been moved up to 4, we have families that are asking for needs over wants.” Hands of Hope helps over a thousand kids each year in 29 communities. The gifts will be given out on december 19th so shoppers are asked to make the purchases before that day. For more information on Hands of Hope: http://bangorhandsofhope.tripod.com/