The Giving Tree tradition continues into the 20th year in Duluth

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Santa had some cute little helpers on Tuesday.

Students from Lester Park Elementary dropped off decorated trees and gifts to area hospitals.

This is the 20th year of the Giving Tree project. And the kid who started it all, Robbie Baker, was on hand to watch it all happen.

“Six-year-old me would be elated to see it going, after all this time,” he shared. “It’s so special to see the kids here.”

Baker’s brother was in the hospital when they were kids, which is what inspired him to start this. Baker is now working on his master’s degree in social work, and is currently working with kids on behavioral health.

The students raised around $2000 for the Giving Tree project.

They stopped at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, St. Luke’s Northland Medical Center, and Ecumen Memory Care.