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Tree tags lead givers to children in need
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Cathy Estes, Sunflower Diversified childrens services coordinator, places tags on a Christmas tree at Great Bend Coffee during a previous gift-giving event. The tree is up again this year at the Lakin Street business for the benefit of children who receive Sunflowers services. - photo by file photo

Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
Forty-two infants and toddlers served by Sunflower Diversified Service’s Early Education Center (EEC) and Incredible Years (IY) Preschool will benefit from the activity sponsored by Great Bend Coffee, 2015 Lakin. Paul and Barbara Wagner own the business.
“Great Bend Coffee has been our partner in this special Christmas tree display for the past few years,” said Cathy Estes, Sunflower children’s services coordinator. “We are so grateful the Wagners and the community are reaching out to our youngsters again this year.”
The tree is decorated with tags, each representing a child enrolled in the EEC’s early intervention program or the preschool. Gender, age and clothing size are indicated on the individual tags.
Participants are asked to select a tag and then place a gift under the tree no later than 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.
“We carefully chose the families represented on the tree,” Estes said. “Anyone who participates can be assured the children involved deserve a special gift at Christmas.”
Sunflower’s EEC is part of the tiny-k network in Kansas that provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and delays. Its preschool is for any child, including those who are developing typically.
The non-profit agency’s service area includes Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties.