The holiday season can be a difficult time of the year for many families.

In 2015, Anna Bunting saw the need to revive a family tradition; thus the Bone Gap Christmas Giveaway was reborn.

“The need in our small communities is truly shocking,” Bunting explained in her advertising for the event.

Bunting reminisced about the Christmas Giveaway of her childhood, before “life got in the way,” as she shared.

Her family would set up tables loaded with donations for the community to choose from, as this tradition still stands today. Over time, she recalled, the Christmas Giveaway of her childhood faded away. So she revived the tradition, and is still going strong in this, her fifth year.

“Our volunteers are my family and friends,” she shared with excitement. It is something her and her family does together, as a team. “My brother comes down from upstate New York for Thanksgiving and to help,” Bunting said.

She enjoys getting to spend quality time with her grandmother, mother, daughter and other family members, noting “…everyday life is so busy.” For Bunting, it is a time to stop, check-in with each other, and spread the joy of sharing and caring with the community; “…it is time well spent together.”

There will be no forms to fill out, no specific requirements based on income; it’s purely about spreading the joy, according to Bunting. She created an event on Facebook this year, hoping that it would reach more people who are in situations this year throughout the many communities in the area.

See the rest of the story in this week's Navigator.