In the spirit of the holiday season, the St. Johns County Public Library System will once again host St. Johns CARES, Inc. Giving Trees at four branch libraries this November and December. An annual Giving Tree initiative has been held each year since St. Johns CARES, Inc. was established in 2007 as an all-volunteer organization.

Patrons are invited to fill ‘wishes’ placed as paper ornaments on seasonal trees. The wishes are submitted by local non-profit organizations serving the elderly, veterans, people experiencing homelessness, children and animals. Donations will be collected, sorted and boxed by St. Johns CARES, Inc. volunteers and distributed to local partner organizations.

Heather Sostrom, Branch Manager of the Anastasia Island Branch Library adds, “Communities come together through the library and this program is one we look forward to each year. 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.”

You can find Giving Trees at the following St. Johns County Public Libraries: Anastasia Island Branch, Bartram Trail Branch, Ponte Vedra Branch, and the Southeast Branch Library. Collection boxes and trees will be displayed at these host sites from mid-November through December 9, 2020. 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 questions about this partnership, or the library, please contact Anastasia Island Branch Manager Heather Sostrom at or 904-209-3731.