Soroptimist Community Christmas Tree 2016
The Community Christmas Tree Project is a one-on-one gift-giving tree project sponsored annually, which commences the Saturday before Thanksgiving through Dec. 18.
The project provides an opportunity for individuals to donate and participate in a gift giving program for disadvantaged Modesto youths, from birth to 17 years, which is a true partnership between the community and businesses to make a difference in Modesto.
As a direct result of this project, thousands of youth in Modesto this year will receive Christmas gifts. For many of these children, the gifts they receive through this project are the ONLY gifts that they receive for Christmas or any other time of the year. For some children, it is their only opportunity to receive new clothing since they are used to wearing hand-me-downs or other used clothing. It is also an opportunity for many of these children to receive warm coats, shoes, and blankets—which are greatly needed— and to receive a new toy purchased especially for them! (All children in the family from birth to 17 years are included.)
How Does It Work?
Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Modesto North and Modesto, Vintage Faire Mall and KHOP 95.1FM, a Christmas tree is erected at Vintage Faire Mall, on the upper level directly across from the Food Court. Tags are placed on the tree with the names of the children. The tag indicates the child’s first name, age, gender, clothing, and shoe size, as well as a Christmas gift wish and a needed item.
Our Kiosk is set up adjacent to the tree, and opens on Nov. 19 through Dec. 18 and we are staffed daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. by Soroptimist members and community volunteers, with limited hours on Nov. 19, 20, & 23, 26 and 27. We are closed on
Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving Day.
An individual selects a tag and checks it out, like one would check out a library book, then go out and shop for that child and bring the gifts back to the service booth with the tag. The gift and tag are then checked in and matched up with a parental permission slip from the referring agency or school. The gift is taken to our processing facility, where the gift is wrapped by volunteers and stored until the referring agency picks up the gift for delivery to the child before Christmas. (Both the donor and child remain anonymous to each other.)
To insure that ALL children receive a gift, we accept cash donations from the general public and local businesses. These monetary contributions are very much appreciated, as they are used to purchase blankets and backpacks, as well as warm clothing for those children whose tags are not chosen or whose gifts are not returned to the tree. All donations are tax deductable and can be mailed directly to us at: SCCT, PO Box 1353,
Modesto, CA 95353.
Who Are the Referring Agencies?
The referring agencies to the Soroptimist Community Christmas Tree Project cover a very diverse population in Modesto. These agencies are a critical part of the project because they determine the child’s eligibility based on need and economic situation, as well as the responsibility of distributing the gifts to each child personally. The referring agencies include:
◆ Community Housing & Children’s Services
Homeless children in temporary shelters.
◆ Haven Women’s Shelter
Children of women in shelters due to domestic violence.
◆ Hutton House
Temporary Shelter for Teens with no place to go.
◆ Modesto City Schools/Child Development
Children from the Head Start program and other
children from low-income families.
The project is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization:
Tax ID number 77-0435675.