WHAT IS THE TREE OF HOPE? Since 1990, the Tree of Hope has collected toys which are
distributed to over 39 Minnesota hospitals by the aviation community, including EAA chapters, Flying
Clubs, Minnesota 99s, Zuhrah Shrine Flyers, WAI, and MN Pilots Association, and the general public. It started when we found other toy collections did NOT give to hospitals at holiday time, and often the families could not afford presents with the financial costs of seriously ill children. All expenses are covered by the coordinators and volunteers, so 100% of the donations go to gifts for hospitalized children.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Collect unwrapped new toys
Donate money to purchase gifts- 100% of donations go to toys for the children
Volunteer to help collect, package, and deliver the toys!
Monetary donations can be made all year long by check, made out to Tree of Hope and mailed to
volunteer Elaine Morrow (address below). Donations can also be made by credit card on the Tree of
Hope web site via the Donate button.
WHAT DO WE NEED? Gifts for children—infants to 18 years of age. Something to help keep
them busy while in the hospital—a toy, game, craft items, etc., and gift cards are appreciated for
teens. Anything that will bring a smile to a young person’s face is welcome, helping them
temporarily forget their fears and pain.
WHEN AND WHERE? Bring your gifts to the Maple Lake, Minnesota, Airport on the first
Saturday of December to see volunteers in action – or volunteer yourself – labeling and packaging
the gifts for over 39 hospitals. Refreshments provided!
If there is no collection box near you, gift donations can be dropped at the Maple Lake Airport, or call
one of the contacts below to make arrangements for pickup. Donations are accepted all
Tree of Hope Contacts
Elaine Morrow (Minnesota Chapter 99s)
H: 763-777-9276 Cell: 952-913-2356
1172 Willowbrook Circle, Delano, MN 55328
Howie & Deb Klier (Zuhrah Shrine Fl