Helping to bring smiles to little faces this holiday season
What is Tree of Hope? Tree of Hope is an all volunteer program that collects and distributes toys to hospitals across Minnesota for children that are in the hospital over the holidays.
Who is involved? Tree of Hope was started in 1991 by a group of aviation enthusiasts who saw a need to support these children and families through a difficult time. The program has grown over the years and last year supplied 38 hospitals across the state of Minnesota with toys. Tree of Hope is supported by EAA Chapters, Minnesota 99's, Zuhrah Shrine Flyers, Minnesota Pilots Association and Flying Clubs as well as individuals/families.
Toys or monetary gifts are collected by flying groups all over the state. These toys are brought to a central collection site to be sorted and distributed to the various hospitals, all by volunteers so 100% of any monetary donations are spent on toys. Any donations of money should be submitted either by mailing to below contacts or via our website donate button. Please send prior to Nov 23 if possible, to ensure time for purchase of toys.
Ways to participate: Set up a toy donation box at your local FBO, have a party and ask friends to bring toys, talk to your flying group/EAA chapter etc to become involved. We are looking for toys for infants to 18 years. Anything that they can use while in the hospital – board games, craft kits, dolls/trucks, books, hand held games, etc. Fly or drive the toys to the central toy collection site.
Toy Collection Date: Saturday Dec. 2nd
9:00 – 1:00
Maple Lake Municipal Airport, Maple Lake, Mn
Howie and Deb Klier (Zuhrah Flyers) Phone: 952-898-5735
10110 161st St W Lakeville Mn 55044
Elaine Morrow (99s and EAA Chapter 878) Phone: 763-777-9276 firstname.lastname@example.org