Giving Tree 2022: Starts November 18

Nov 1, 2022 | Beacon, Justice, 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 six 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 Giving Tree decorated with tags is coming back to the foyer of our church! The tree will be up Friday, November 18.

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

You have the option of shopping at a store or shop in the comfort of your home! There are four ways to give. In either case: Step 1: Visit the Giving Tree in the foyer of the church and select a tag. All tags and “gifts” to be returned by Sunday, December 11.

  1. Select a tag from the tree – purchase the gift, attach the tag to the new, unwrapped gift, and return to ESUC by December 11.
  2. Amazon Wish List – Some agencies prefer to use an Amazon Gift list. Look for a tag on the tree indicating that preference. 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 that 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. RETURN the tag to the church Giving Tree elves or designated box under the tree noting that you have “sent an Amazon gift.” This will help us track how many gifts are sent.
  3. Gift Cards – If you prefer to purchase a gift card – Select a tag from the tree that requests a gift card. Return the tag with gift card attached to ESUC. The Giving Tree Ministry will sort and deliver to the appropriate agencies.
  4. Monetary Donations – If you prefer to donate money; you can give to East Shore online 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 six 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 ($1,600 total) 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 Kathie Moritis or Janis Pock or visit any of the Giving Tree Elves.