Immanuel’s Giving Tree Project

Giving Tree giftsEach year Immanuel identifies Missoula families to receive gifts and food through our Giving Tree program.  This year families were selected from the Carole Graham Home, Aspen House, and Washington Middle School.  New families are selected each year.

These ‘Giving Tree Families’ submit their gift wish lists to Immanuel and the congregation works to make their wishes come true.These families may not have a Christmas if it wasn’t for Immanuel’s Giving Tree!

Immanuel quilters create quilts all year long in anticipation of donating them to the Giving Tree Families.  Each child from the Giving Tree families is given a quilt, and each family receives a quilt to remind them of the warmth of God’s love. Quilters meet on Thursdays between 9:30 am and noon.

 

How Can You be Involved?

Contact Eileen Brown (214-4080) if you would like to be involved and she is sure to find a way for you to help!  Here are some ideas:

Sunday, November 18. : Bring 10 of grocery items for Tithing made Visual

Tithing Made Visual- food for families

Nov 18- Dec 2: Choose a name from the Giving Tree in the lobby and put your name in the notebook to indicate you’re taking responsibility for bringing that gift. Extra gifts you’d like to donate will be happily accepted.  If they’re wrapped, please put on the box what it is, size, age group it is for.  If you donate unwrapped gifts, we have a group of volunteers who will wrap them. Cash donations are also accepted.   

Friday,  Nov 30, 9 a.m: Help shop for extra groceries. Meet at Walmart on North Reserve. Let Eileen Brown know you are coming-  214-4080

 

Sunday , Dec 2: Bring gifts to church

Giving Tree

Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.: Sort Quilts and put them on pews 

giving tree quilts pews

Thursday, December 13, at 9 a.m. : Sort and wrap any gifts that aren’t wrapped. 

giving tree sort gifts

Thursday, December 13  at 6 pm:  Set up tables, pack food boxes, pick up and pack quilts.

giving tree groceries2

Saturday Dec 15 at 9 amSetup Secret Santa Room.”  

giving tree gifts for parents

Sunday December 16th:  Drop off homemade Christmas cookies in the kitchen for the Cookie Party.

Sunday, Dec. 16 at noon: Set up refreshments giving tree cookie party

Sunday December 16: 2-4 p.m.  Time for the Cookie Party and Secret Santa! Volunteers are needed to greet the Giving Tree Families as they arrive to pick up their gifts and food boxes.  Their children can visit the Secret Santa room to select and wrap gifts for their parents, grandparents, and other adults in their lives.  The Families will need help loading their vehicles.  Everyone is welcome to come take part!

 

Funding: Funding for the Giving Tree project is obtained through  through Thrivent Financial Grants, from Immanuel’s Endowment Fund, and through donations from friends and members of Immanuel

Quilters are needed year round to help make quilts for these families.  See Judy Wellert for information on how you can help.