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Vale drug store’s gift tree puts gifts under tree for local kids

Marci Morrow, Vale, chats with Santa at Malheur Drug's 'Kids Only Shopping Day' last week. In addition to that special event, the local business works with the Vale School District to host a giving tree program that provides toys and other items for needy families at Christmas. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Adam and Jen Tolman want everyone to have a good Christmas.

That’s why the owners of Malheur Drug in Vale work with the Vale School District to sponsor a giving tree that provides gifts and other needed items to local families during the holidays.

Lisa Barrett, Vale High School counselor, spearheads the program.

“Teachers, school secretaries or any staff member, submit names based on comments from parents. Their name then goes on a list. Then I send out a letter inviting them to . . .