Immanuel’s Giving Tree Ministry

THANK YOU

Many thanks to all our leaders, our volunteers and all who donated to make our 2021 Giving Tree a huge success. This year we were able to give gifts, food, quilts and gift cards to 23 families reaching a total of 75 adults and children. This year we had team leaders to lead up each of the tasks. We are also thankful for the Housing Advocate Network, a program of the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative, for their participation in donating food and gifts and helping to with delivery to families. We do indeed belong to a very generous community to help make Christmas just a little happier. It is a blessing to serve in such a caring congregation.

Nancy Marks

Giving Tree Coordinator

About our Giving Tree Ministry

Thanks to Eileen Brown for her many years of coordinating this ministry.

Each 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, Washington Middle School and Family Promise Alumni and individuals and families matched with the Housing Advocate Network.  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!

Quilts for Families

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

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?

Sign up to help with the Giving Tree.  

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! 

Bring 10 of grocery items for Tithing made Visual

Participants are asked to bring and donate ten items of the same food  (see signup) (For example, ten cans of tuna fish or ten packages of toilet paper.) 

There will be two tables set up in church on Tithing Made Visual Sunday. On one table please put one of your donated items demonstrating the portion God asks back from us. On the other table, put nine of your items, showing how much of our gifts from God we are to keep and enjoy.

Tithing Made Visual- food for families

Buy gifts  for families

Choose a name by signing up online (see link below)  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. 

Gifts for families

Help shop for extra groceries.

Meet at Walmart on North Reserve. Signup on the 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

Deliver gifts and food baskets

This year, due to Covid, we will not be able to host our Cookie Party and Secret Santa Room!  Instead we will need volunteers to deliver the gifts and food boxes to our Giving Tree Families. Please sign up to participate

Delivering gifts and food baskets

Funding

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