Final Days for 2021 Holiday Giving Tree

Nov 19, 2021 | Beacon, News

The season of gratitude and giving is upon us. The exciting news is that we are able to continue our traditional Giving Tree supporting 8 local agencies. As with many things, we have adapted our traditions with our circumstances. One thing that has not changed is “the need”. These agencies need our help more than ever and families need our support as they struggle to make life “normal” and survive.

Our “virtual” Giving Tree is now “live” through December 6. To view information about our 8 selected agencies, identify request and shop, click here.

Our 8 chosen agencies are:  Childhaven, Friends of Youth, Hopelink, Olive Crest, SnoValley Seniors, The Sophia Way, Sound Mental Health, Youth Care. These agencies support youth, families, seniors, and others in need.

Shop now in the comfort of your home! There are three ways to give:

  1. Amazon Wish List – Click on the Agency of your choice on the virtual tree and purchase an Amazon gift from the wish list. Click on the WishList link for agency you choose to give to, and just as you purchase anything from Amazon, click on your choice and be sure to designate you want it to go to the agency address provided as you go through the ordering process. Because you are sending a gift, you can indicate on the Gift Message that Amazon lets you fill in that you are from East Shore Unitarian Church.
  2. Gift Cards – Check the agency you wish to support and decide which Gift Card to purchase. Send the Gift Card to ESUC with a note identifying which agency you wish to donate to. The Giving Tree Ministry will sort and mail to the appropriate agencies.
  3. Monetary Donations – If you prefer to just donate money you can give to East Shore online here or mail in a check (12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue, WA 98005). In both instances, please put “Giving Tree” in the memo line. The money will be distributed evenly between the eight agencies. Please note, all donations go to the East Shore Operating Fund to support programs like Giving Tree and more. In 2020, ESUC raised an additional $200 per agency ($1600) using this method.

Remember – this is a great opportunity for family giving!  We thank you in advance for your generosity to these people in need.

If you have specific questions – please contact co-chairs Trish Webb or Emily Winstrom.

by Peggy Phillips