Each year, around Thanksgiving, I teach a lesson about helping others and how important it is to give to other people in the community who cannot provide for themselves. I ask the families to send non-perishable food items that we can give to the needy through a local organization. I have always felt it is important for the kids to know what they have donated individually, but also to see how much there is collectively when we all donate. I have had the children draw pictures of their canned goods and put them on a bulletin board. However, this year, I used a six-foot tall wooden cut-out of a tree that I have in my classroom and hung the actual canned goods and other food from its branches. We call the tree 'Our Giving Tree' and it is such a visual, concrete way for the students to see what a contribution they are making.