By Ray Svobody
Tree of Hope 


Collecting and distributing toys for children in the hospital over the holidays since 1991


October 1, 2020

Due to COVID-19, our event is mostly online this year with a goal of raising $65,000 to provide 6,500 toys to hospitalized children by December 1st.

Tree of Hope began in Nary, MN, in 1991 when Dr. Ray and Celeste Shefland noticed many children spending time in the hospital over the holidays. Some dealing with major or terminal illness, some recovering from surgery or an accident. Many far from home and missing their families and friends.

Tree of Hope, a 501(c) (3), has grown to include over 37 hospitals in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, five Ronald McDonald Houses and two Catholic Charities children shelters.

We are seeking Walmart, Target, and Amazon eGift Cards and/or donations through PayPal. We will then purchase and drop ship presents to each of our facilities for delivery to individual hospitalized children. Last year, over 6,000 gifts were given to many thankful children, parents, and surrounding health care professionals.

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