City Hall Giving Tree program introduced

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Mayor John Cranley and his wife Dena introduced the City Hall Giving Tree program on Tuesday.

The program will benefit a different social service agency each year. This year's participant is the Drop Inn Center.

How it works: The Holiday Tree in the lobby of City Hall will be decorated with paper bells. The back of each bell will list an item that the Drop Inn Center is in need of. Those who wish to participate will select a bell, purchase the listed item for donation, and place the item under the City Hall Holiday Tree.

Mayor John Cranley credits the idea to his wife.

"Luckily for this city, my wife said 'why don't you do something with the tree in City Hall this year and we'll actually give back to the community?' She decided to introduce the tree that we normally have here at City Hall and turn it into a Giving Tree where people can pull something off and help give back to the community," says Cranley.

"We're really excited about this opportunity to give back to Cincinnati," says Cincinnati's First Lady. "We're going to plan on doing this every year."

Each item must be placed under the tree by the close of business on December 20, 2013. All of the donated items will be delivered to the Drop Inn Center on December 23, 2013.

Items that will be listed on the bells include tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, deodorant, laundry detergent, winter hats and gloves, scarves, gift cards to Kroger and canned goods.  Those wishing to donate directly to the Drop Inn Center can do so by mail at 217 West 12th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 or online at

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