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By Deb Klier 

What is Tree of Hope and why should I save the date?


Photo courtesy of Tree of Hope

Volunteer pilot Robert Streeter and copilot Bernie Wiklund bringing toys to the Maple Lake collection site.

Deb Klier, Tree of Hope

Tree of Hope is an all volunteer organization that collects and distributes toys to children that are hospitalized over the holidays.

Since 1990, Tree of Hope has supplied hospitals across the state of Minnesota with toys to help bring joy and hope to children in their care. Many of them are far from home and missing their families and friends. Often times only one parent might be able to stay with the child. Families may be needing to spend their holiday money on lodging instead of presents. I think we all agree that this is not the way for any child to spend their holidays.

Tree of Hope is supported by the aviation community, EAA Chapters, Minnesota 99s, Flying Clubs, Zuhrah Shrine Flyers, and individuals and families interested in aviation.

These groups and individuals collect toys and/or monetary donations to purchase toys. Toys are then flown in, weather permitting, or driven to the toy collection site on Saturday December 3 at Maple Lake Airport to be sorted and sent out with volunteers to various hospitals.

Photo courtesy Tree of Hope

Teams of volunteers sort and bag toys to be delivered to hospitals in accordance with their needs.

Last year, Tree of Hope supplied toys to 38 hospitals across the state from Rochester to Duluth to Fergus Falls. Tree of Hope is the only organization that consistently donates toys to hospitals.

Tree of Hope needs your help as we collect toys for children. We are looking for new, unwrapped toys for children ages infants to 18 years old. Something they can enjoy while in the hospital, games, books, crafts, dolls, trucks, I-Tune cards, hand held games.

Toys are purchased with any monetary donations that are received. Tree of Hope is an all volunteer organization so 100 percent of donations go directly to toys for the children. Any administrative costs are covered by volunteers.

Monetary donations can be made by credit card on our website or by contacting one of the contacts listed below. There will be toy collection sites at some local FBO's, watch facebook for notifications of when and where these sites will be.

Deb Klier, Tree of Hope


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