SANTA CRUZ -- Diners at La Mission Restaurant can eat traditional Mexican food and give back for the holidays all in one visit.
The Mission Street restaurant has a Christmas giving tree with tags representing gift items pregnant women at the Siena House Maternity Home need for themselves and their newborn babies.
The Santa Cruz-based Siena House provides support for women experiencing crisis pregnancies.
"These mothers need items for their newborns," said Edna Gaub, La Mission's manager for eight years.
La Mission's tree initially displayed 14 tags -- seven for the mothers, seven for the babies. The needed items include gift certificates to Target, Kohl's and New Leaf Community Market.
As of Friday, Gaub estimates that there are eight tags left on the tree. The six other tags were selected by customers coming in for a meal, Gaub said.
"It's just a nice gesture for people to take a tag," Gaub said. "Customers come in and say, 'Oh, I want to help.'"
The tags will be displayed on the tree until they're all taken. Gaub said the purpose of the tree is to ultimately instill a desire to give back and support those in need during the holidays.
"It's a time for giving," she said. "You feel better; it comes from the heart."
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If You Go
La Mission's Wish Tree
What: La Mission Restaurant is displaying a Christmas tree with tags representing gift wishes for women at the Siena House. Approximately eight tags are left on the tree.
Where: 1719 Mission St., Santa Cruz