wishes grow on trees

My greatest argument in favor of the Christmas wish-list comes from my allegiance to Angel Trees.  Instead of ornaments, Angel Trees are usually decorated with little angels that contain a name of a community member in need, their age, and a short list of what they want for the holidays.  I’d bet $5 that you could find one of these trees at your local church, Salvation Army, or city hall.

I worked for a community action agency that used Angel Trees to collect gifts for families living in homeless shelters, and, let me tell you, the gifts collected from the simple holiday drive truly bring joy to the people who need it the most.

If you’ve never participated in an Angel drive, it can be a little daunting adding another Christmas Wish List to your already packed shopping trips.   The reality, however, is that you probably haven’t seen a holiday list so sweet and humbling in quite some time.

Last year, Jon and I shopped for a single mom with two children, and the mom requested bath products, the son requested socks and art supplies, and the daughter requested warm pajamas.  Simple, right?  We picked up all the items at Target, and felt warm fuzzies knowing that the family would have fun opening the gifts on Christmas morning.

Do you shop for families with Angel Trees? Or do you have a different tradition for giving back during the holidays?

10 thoughts on “wishes grow on trees

  1. This is lovely! I’m definitely all for lists in this case! We’ve always donated and worked with Operation Christmas Child, which is such a great organization. But Angel Trees sounds awesome! It’s always nice to hear about other places serving others! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. This is definitely a place where Christmas wish lists are a high priority for me and our family 🙂 Everyone in our family is an avid reader. Our second home is our local Barnes & Noble. It helps that they serve awesome yummy seasonal Starbucks beverages this time of year, but the books always ultimately win out.

    It is also at this time of year that they run their local book drive, providing books to less fortunate children who are unable to purchase their own. It gives me such satisfaction to pass on the love of reading to a young one, allowing them to escape to a faraway land where any and all troubles fade away.

    Funny story, my wife and I, on two separate occasions chose to donate a book without each other’s knowledge. When we found out about it later, we realized that we both chose to donate the same book, Peter Pan. I guess we both thought that a happy thought and pixie dust could go a long way 🙂

  3. i’ve never heard of angel trees! i need to figure out where there are some near me so i can shop for someone 🙂 i love the gif in this post, it made me so happy!

  4. I love angel trees. I just started going to church regularly again last October, and was able to participate last Christmas in giving a gift to a little girl. I cannot wait to be apart of this again!

  5. i have done the delivery part of this before, when i used to be a “big sister”…it’s amazing. we usually buy toys for tots…it’s nice now that the kids are old enough to pick the toys out.

  6. We have a tree at work with the wishes of elderly at a local nursing home. Most of their requests really basic items like socks and cleaning products. It’s fun to buy them a couple treats to add in as a surprise 🙂

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