Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Giving Tree Inspires Spirit Of Generosity.(New Mexico & The West)

Byline: Jenna Naranjo Journal Staff Writer

Broke this holiday season? Need some extra cash? Talk to Albuquerque resident Yvette Cruz. She recently found a way to turn a $20 bill into something priceless.

When Cruz, 26, a dietitian, found the bill recently at work, she didn't put the money in her pocket.

"I thought that instead of saving the money for myself, I could give it to a shelter," said Cruz, a UNM graduate student.

As it turned out, Cruz spent the money at Coronado Shopping Center, but not on a gift for herself. With the help of "The Giving Tree," Cruz bought a gift for a needy child.

"The Giving Tree" stands in the center of the big shopping mall jammed with holiday shoppers and is decorated with a combination of shiny decorations and tiny tags. …

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