Tree of Sharing

The Tree of Sharing, now its own independent non-profit charity, started as a project of the Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ in 1980.  Joined in sponsorship in 1982 by KREM TV, it has continued to serve human service agencies and individuals in the Spokane community.  An entirely volunteer-run organization, in 2018 the Tree of Sharing will serve thousands of individuals through the 60 currently active participating agencies.

 

With the continued support of Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, KREM TV, Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters and the Washington Air National Guard, Tree of Sharing will provide more than 8000 gifts at Christmas time.

 

 

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With the continued support of Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, KREM TV, Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters and the Washington Air National Guard, Tree of Sharing will provide more than 8000 gifts at Christmas time.

 

The gift requests come through the participating agencies. The agencies are responsible for identifying their clients who they feel are at risk of being forgotten at this important time. The individual’s request is printed onto a tag and displayed at Tree of Sharing tables in 3 area malls.

 

 

 

 

The Tree of Sharing tables, which are manned by volunteers from the Friday after Thanksgiving until mid-December, are prominently located at River Park Square, Spokane Valley, and Northtown Malls.  Concerned individuals and families visit these locations and pick one or more tags, purchase the requested gift and then return it to the mall. In addition, 30 local businesses and organizations choose gift tags for their employees to fill. These generous groups provided over 2000 gifts in 2017.

 

The Air National Guard transports the gifts to a donated temporary warehouse where they are sorted. The agencies distribute the gifts to their clients in an appropriate ceremony.  Meanwhile the good people of Spokane return to their own residences knowing that they quietly did their part for our often-forgotten friends in our community.

 

For more information check out the Tree of Sharing website at www.treeofsharing.org. Volunteer opportunities are identified on the website and individuals and groups can sign up there. 

 

 Supporting the Tree

 
Westminster has been supporting the Tree of Sharing in a variety of roles since its inception – over 30 years! Here’s a few of the members helping out this past year:

 

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Lori Aukstikalnis and Claudia Hume staff the
booth at River Park Square.
 
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Doris Holdaway helps a woman select a tag from among those still needing gifts.
 
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Outgoing Tree Director Jon Louis checks in
gifts down at the warehouse.

 

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