About our Giving Tree Ministry

1997 Service Committee

In 1997, Eileen Brown, Carole Graham and Evelyn Peterson led the Service Committee at Immanuel to provide gifts, quilts and groceries to families in need in Missoula. Families are identified by our Service Committee. This year families were selected from the Graham House, Washington Middle School and Family Promise Alumni.  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!

How can you be involved?

Contact Nancy Marks (406-396-5494)  if you would like to be involved and she is sure to find a way for you to help! .

Buy gifts and/or groceries  for families

Choose a gift or groceries by signing up online  or choosing a tag 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. 

Sign up to purchase gifts. Bring gifts back and put them under the giving tree. 

Quilts for Families

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

 See Judy Nakamura for information on how you can help.
Immanuel quilters
Gifts for families

Help shop for Groceries and Gifts

Meet at Walmart on North Reserve. Signup on the Volunteer signup. 

Shopping for groceries

Decorate the Sanctuary with quilts

Come help put the quilts up in the sanctuary to be blessed before they go to the families.

Quilts for Families

Pack food boxes

Come help pack food boxes to go to the families.

Packing food boxes

Bring cookies to be put on plates to share with families

Cookie Plates

Help with our “Cookie Party”


Volunteers are needed to set up and serve the refreshments and help families carry their gifts to their cars after they enjoy our “cookie party” with goodies to eat.  We will also need volunteers to help kids wrap presents for their family members that they get to “shop” for in our Secret Santa room.  


Funding: Funding for the Giving Tree project is obtained through Thrivent Financial Action team Grants, Thrivent Financial Grant,  Immanuel’s Endowment Fund, a grant from the Town Pump and through donations from friends and members of Immanuel. 

Enjoy a video about our Giving tree in 2021!