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Henderson takes over H-M-S Giving Tree

There may be a new face at the helm, but the mission remains the same for the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Giving Tree.

Debra Henderson, of rural Hartley, took over organizing efforts this month from founder Jenna Hemiller. The Giving Tree provides gifts to H-M-S students in need during the holidays, which Henderson believed was an important tradition to keep alive following Hemiller's recent move from the area.

"It's been very gratifying so far," Henderson said. "I'm just amazed at the community's willingness to give to something like this. They've been seeking me out asking how to help and how to...