The Giving Tree Program, administered by the Addison County Community Action Group, is gearing up for a new year. As part of ACCAG's work to reduce the negative effects of poverty, this program helps to ensure that during a time of plenty for many people, no child or elderly person goes without the gift of a warm article of clothing, a book, or some other item that will bring happiness. The program is open to all income-eligible Addison County households with children under the age of 18 or elders over the age of 65 whose families are unable to afford basic gifts. For more information, or to request an application, please call ACCAG at 388-3608, or stop by ACCAGoffices in the John V. Craven Community Services Center on Boardman Street in Middlebury (up the road from G. Stone Motors) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications can also be found at many area businesses and agencies. Get your application today. The deadline for returning it to ACCAG is Friday, Nov 9.