recently lent a hand at a Christmas tree lot to benefit the Delta Gamma Center
for Children with Visual Impairments.
Gamma Shining Light Tree Lot in St. Louis, Mo. The lot is open during the
holiday season from the day after Thanksgiving to mid-December on the property
of McCarthy Building Companies. Patrons can purchase trees, wreaths and other
tradition that began in 1951 with the founding of the Delta Gamma Center. A
group of Delta Gamma alumni started the organization to serve the needs of
young children in the St. Louis area with visual impairments and blindness.
metropolitan St. Louis area that addresses the early intervention and support
needs of families and children with vision loss. The center provides home-based
educational services for parents/caregivers and their infants and toddlers,
birth to 3 years, who are blind or visually impaired.
volunteer hours each year. Several chapters of Delta
Gamma volunteer at the tree lot. Delta Omega chapter of Delta Gamma at William
Woods University helps out at the tree lot on the first Saturday of December.
The members look forward to this annual service project for several reasons.
family buy a wreath she had decorated.
trees. The little kids’ faces when their family took home their favorite tree
Calif., said her “favorite part was that the tree lot service project combined
all aspects of what DG stands for, and made them really fun to do.” She
mentioned such things “as helping the community by picking them out Christmas
trees, raising money for service for sight, and spending time with sisters!”
right (front row) Grace Routh, Anna Miller, Kara Butler, Allie Malone; (middle row) Danielle Grace Fabian, Lexi Jane, Melissa Vandersteen, Courtney Schild, Jessie Brunelle, Richelle Perkins,
Meghan Greenwalt, Sariana Lee, Elise Pacholewski; (back row) Carly Fettig, Jessica Scharenbroch, Kelly Henry, Vanessa Davidson, Hannah Podge, Elizabeth J Cummings, Kierstyn Lang, Taylor Guindon, Taylor Bennight, Valerie Rose, Kristen Cuneo and Cristina Christianson.
With wreaths in the background, Delta Gamma
members gather at the tree lot benefits the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments. Left to right, Grace Routh, Jessica Scharenbroch, Sariana Lee, Valerie Rose, Taylor Bennight, Taylor Guindon, Danielle Grace Fabian and Elizabeth J Cummings. In front, Elise Pacholewski.
Cristina Christianson revs up the chain saw.
Sariana Lee puts on her saleswoman face.