Education Tree

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Just yesterday I complained on my personal Twitter account that I wished I could do more at Christmastime. We give a lot here in the ‘lil Burghers family; however, I never feel like it is enough. And truth be told, it never will be. That’s because there is always going to be someone out there who has less than they need to make the holidays bright. 

While there are so many things you can do to make a difference at the holidays (and all year long), I wanted to share with you a simple way you can help not only give a gift but a practical element to help a student in need have success in the classroom – something more important than any toy or game.

Throughout the month of December, The Education Partnership, a local Pittsburgh non-profit will have an “Education Tree” in the Grand Court at the Mall at Robinson. The tree will encourage donations through Christmas, and upon visiting the tree and donating $15, shoppers will receive an acknowledgement card and an ornament, handmade by students. The $15 donation will provide a local student with a holiday kit – which can include crayons, pencils, hygiene items, and other essentials. For many students, this is the only gift they’ll receive during the holidays.

As you are out and about doing your holiday shopping, consider stopping by the Mall at Robinson and donating to this cause. I guarantee as you put the handmade ornament on your tree each year you will remember how you helped make a difference in a child’s holiday…and in turn…education. If you aren’t local or won’t be heading out to Robinson this year, you can also make a donation online by visiting

Education Tree

Greg and I volunteered at The Education Partnership a few years ago, and we learned that almost 30,000 students in the Pittsburgh area qualify for the services and supplies they provide. They are a privately funded orgnaization that counts on product donations and financial contributions from foundations, corporations and individuals. To learn more about The Education Partnership, visit


Disclosure: I was contacted to share this opportunity with you and a local business is donating to the Education Tree on my behalf in exchange for sharing with you.

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