The Giving Tree, 248 Giralda Ave. in Coral Gables, conducted an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to celebrate the holidays and share the joy of the season.
During the affair, owner Joan Reitsma, president of the Miami-Dade Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, with Pastor David Imhoff of Grace Lutheran Church, vice president, presented a $500 check from the group to Mireya Kilmon, president of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club.
That check represents a portion of the funds raised from the annual Elementary, Middle School and High School Achievement Breakfasts coordinated through Reitsma with her local Thrivent chapter.
For Reitsma, serving the community and this chapter of Thrivent is a way of life and one that has an enormous community outreach much like that of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club. In fact, this donation will benefit the Club’s May Van Sickle Children Dental Clinic that provides more than $230,000 in free dental care annually to children in need.
A Mar. 9 Casino Night fundraiser now is in the works to raise additional funds for the clinic and The Giving Tree has been a donor for decades to that effort as were many of the locals on hand for the open house.