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Some individuals go above and beyond to give back, and Brandon Tappert demonstrated the meaning of giving this Christmas season.

 - Brandon Tappert stands behind the pile of toys that he bought after taking all the tags off the Tree of Joy at Sunrise Pool and Spa recently. The tree was for children and teens.

In the spirit of giving, it is often said that the giver is blessed more than the one receiving.

Brandon Tappert embodies that concept, as he makes it a yearly tradition to give back to others during Christmas time. Recently, he made some new friends at Sunrise Pool and Spa when he took all the tags off of the Tree of Joy in their lobby.

"This man right here has one of the biggest hearts we've seen in a while," exclaimed staff member of Sunrise Pool and Spa Jillian Seaweard. "Yesterday, he picked up all 15 of the tags we had for the Tree of Joy, before we even had our Christmas tree up. Today, along with his family, they brought back 15 bags filled with what was asked for. There are not enough words to express how truly kind and wonderful he is."

Seaweard said she cried when the tags were picked up and cried again when they carried all the bags into the shop.

"An amazing young man to say the least. God bless you, Brandon," she added.

David Tappert, Brandon's uncle, indicated that Brandon also stopped at several other businesses and took 10 more tags. This year, they also donated to hospice, which is a yearly tradition. Brandon wanted to also do the Trees of Joy—which is something he just learned about. The entire Tappert family contributed to making a quilt for the Hospice Auction, and the family also works together to create Quilts of Valor for veterans.

"Everything has been going wrong and people are being out of work," Brandon said of his reason for wanting to add the Trees of Joy to his Christmas giving.

He added that he feels he is in a position to help others, and he saves up for the Christmas auction and giving back during the Christmas season.

"It's kind of easier, because you get to know exactly what to get," he said of the shopping for the tags for Trees of Joy. "I thought that was pretty cool. Some things we couldn't find so we had to get things that were as close as we could. It's a pretty cool feeling to get those wishes for people."

Brandon added that it does keep it in our local community. David added that a drawback was that they could not wrap the gifts but instead had to put them in bags.

"It was fun shopping for them," Brandon said with a smile.

He enjoys working on his family property, feeding animals, and all things outdoors. He is remarkable in many ways, as he is a carbon monoxide poisoning survivor. In 2007, his world temporarily turned upside down when he was the victim of the injury during his job in asbestos abatement and demolition in Seattle, Washington.

"He was right in the area—about a minute or two from death. It's been a long, long road," indicated David.

"I just keep going forward," said Brandon.

"Brandon Tappert, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Because of you, the people receiving these gifts will have a Christmas they otherwise wouldn't have," concluded Seaweard.

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