Place of Hope is being featured at the Mall at Wellington Green with a Holiday Hope Tree in the mall’s center court. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Holiday Hope Tree program kicked off with snacks, face painting, Santa and more, as shoppers learned about the many children in need at Place of Hope. Shoppers are able to pick a name tag, with a gift request, purchase the gift (or a gift card), and bring the gift to the guest services desk at the mall. Place of Hope is home to 260 children, and since the Nov. 27 start of the Holiday Hope Tree program, the nonprofit has gathered gifts for more than 75 of the children. Unwrapped gifts can be brought to guest services until Dec. 19. For more info., visit www.placeofhope.com.