Holiday Sharing Tree kicks off to spread holiday cheer

Since 1985, the Holiday Sharing Tree has helped distribute over 72,000 presents to those in need in Nicollet and Blue Earth counties.
Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 5:50 PM CST
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The annual Sharing Tree event kicked off Wednesday at the Hy-Vee on Riverfront drive in Mankato.

It all began with a symbolic gift giving from the association to Hy-Vee. representing all the giving to come.

Since 1985, the Holiday Sharing Tree has helped distribute over 72,000 presents to those in need in Nicollet and Blue Earth counties.

“To see the looks on the faces of the recipients and the absolute gratitude that they have and they just can’t believe how kind people are in this community,” explained Project Manager, Liz Thiesse. “I wish that everyone who made a donation or picked up a giving card could see that gratitude -- but just know its there.”

There are a variety of locations that the giving tree will be until December 11th, which is a shorter season than the average year.

Card locations: Riverhills Mall, Fleet Farm-Mankato, North Mankato Taylor Library, both Hy-Vee locations in Mankato, and in St. Peter: First National Bank Minnesota, Nutter Clothing and Hy-Vee.

Wrapped gifts are due back by Sun., Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. to any tree location.

Monetary donations are used to fill a Giving Card need, or purchase gifts, for those giving cards that are not picked up, or not returned.

Checks or cash donations can be sent to:

Holiday Sharing Tree

PO Box 4261,

Mankato, MN 56002.

Online donations can be made through Pal Pay via the Sharing Tree site.

The number for the 24-hour Holiday Sharing Tree Hotline is (507) 386-4972.