Patrons are invited to fill “wishes” for community members in need.

In the spirit of the holiday season, the St. Johns County Public Library System is once again hosting St. Johns CARES, Inc. “Giving Trees” at four branch libraries through December 7, 2021. This annual initiative has been held each year since St. Johns CARES, Inc. was established in 2007 as an all-volunteer organization committed to assisting local charities in St. Johns County.

Patrons are invited to fill “wishes” placed as paper ornaments on seasonal trees. Each ornament contains a client wish from one of 40 local non-profit organizations serving the elderly, veterans, those experiencing homelessness, children, and animals in St. Johns County.

“Communities come together through the library and this program is one we look forward to each year,” says Heather Sostrom, Branch Manager of the Anastasia Island Branch Library. “We are proud to partner with the volunteers from St. Johns CARES, Inc. again to make the holidays a little brighter for community members in need.”

Collection boxes and “Giving Trees” are located at the Anastasia Island Branch, Bartram Trail Branch, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch, and Southeast Branch libraries. Donations will be collected, sorted and boxed for the non-profit organizations by St. Johns CARES, Inc. Monetary donations are accepted and will be used to purchase unfulfilled wishes and needs.

For additional information about St. Johns CARES, Inc. or to make a monetary donation, please visit For information about this partnership, please contact Heather Sostrom at or (904) 209-3731.