Each December, we celebrate the holiday season by hosting a workshop with the children of St. Mary’s Home in North Providence. Gorgeous evergreens donated by members are strewn across the gym floor on tarps, sparkly baubles and bows are laid out on tables and baskets lined up on the floor. At 9am the children begin to arrive in small groups. Each child is paired up with a Perennial Planter member, and together they create a basket to be donated to a local nursing home or shelter. This year our gift to each child was their own little basket (actually a red plastic cup!) to fill with greens, bows and baubles to keep or give to someone special in their life. It was a big hit! Several children said they were going to give it their mothers. At the end of the morning, 50 baskets were delivered by members to 5 local organizations throughout Providence. Our members report that this is one of our best programs. The experience is heartwarming on many levels, and we thank all who donated time, greens and support for the children.