MISSOULA – Shampoo, mouthwash and toothpaste decorate the branches of the “TioleTree” on the first floor of the Missoula Public Library.
The tree is a festive stand-in donation box for people to bring in donations to the local YWCA where community members can hang travel size cosmetics like ornaments to be given to the domestic violence shelter.
Yarns at the Library has made more than 100 hand knitted and crocheted items to put with the donations. They usually get about six boxes filled with donations, but this year there is only one box — and not enough toiletries to match the crocheted items.
Library cataloger Caroline Campbell says the project started from a tradition she had with her roommate.
“One year as a joke she just said to me why don’t you decorate the tree with toilet paper, and we just thought that was really silly — it was a play on words with the toilet tree. We could decorate it with toiletries and then I thought, ‘well hey maybe we could do this at the library’,” Campbell said.
The library also has a donation tree on display sponsored by the Missoula County. You can still bring donations to the Missoula Public Library until January 5.
-Katie Miller reporting for MTN News