Trolley Square and the Old Spaghetti Factory are encouraging holiday shoppers to visit a giving tree to donate money and gifts to patients at Shriners Hospital for Children.
"Jeff's Game Tree," a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments and garland hand-made from thousands of game pieces, will be on display near the Old Spaghetti Factory through Dec. 20.
Mall shoppers and restaurant patrons may donate toys, stuffed animals, games and books at the restaurant. Financial donations also can be added to the bill after dining at the restaurant or made at the restaurant bar.
"Trolley Square is honored to support this charity by displaying this magnificent Christmas tree," said Dawn Katter, mall manager. "We know mall visitors and restaurant patrons will be touched by the inspiring story behind the giving tree and will appreciate the opportunity to give to the children at Shriners Hospital."
The family and friends of 20-year-old Jeffrey Douglass Cloward created "Jeff's Game Tree" in memory of their loved one who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Big Cottonwood Canyon in summer 2003. The ornaments and garland commemorate Jeff's love of game playing and his dreams of designing his own games.
The family donated the tree to the Festival of Trees in 2003 to raise funds for Primary Children's Medical Center. Cottonwood Mall exhibited the tree during the 2004 and 2006 Christmas seasons, and Fashion Place Mall displayed it in 2005 as part of the Children's Miracle Network fund-raiser.