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The Giving Tree Traditions Continues

posted on Monday, November 20, 2023

As the upcoming holiday season draws near, we are reminded of what we're thankful for and the ways we can give back to those in need, even right here in our community. While we as a society have faced uncertainty over the last several years, one thing we can be sure of is just how much we are encouraged by the steadfast and strong-willed human spirit within all of us here at EPI and beyond.

As we enter this holiday season, we once again bring you our annual Giving Tree event now through December 18, with 240 needs for 70 people we support.

The Giving Tree began over 15 years ago as a way to meet modest needs of individuals served by EPI which would otherwise go unmet. By fulfilling a need on the Giving Tree, you are providing a gift for someone who would not otherwise receive a gift to open this holiday season.

For the past few years, we've implemented a "hybrid" Giving Tree to ensure the safety and well-being of those we serve, while also meeting the needs of the people we support by bringing them some holiday cheer.

Here's how you can help fulfill someone's needs this holiday season:

  1. You can find the four wish lists found here and browse through the Giving Tree needs.
  2. Choose the gift(s) you would like to purchase and check out. Please be sure to select "Exceptional Persons, Inc." as the shipping address, which should appear in your shipping address options during check out. (Keep scrolling to learn how to make local purchases). Once purchased through the wish list, the gift(s) will be delivered to the person in need.
  3. Or, make a cash donation and we'll do the shopping for you - just be sure to allocate your donation to "Giving Tree".

*If you wish to fulfill an item by shopping through a small business, please fill out the form found here to claim the item and have it removed from the wish lists. 

What are some of the items requested on the Giving Tree?

When browsing the lists of Giving Tree needs, you will find a variety needs like winter coats, socks, or tennis shoes. Some individuals are moving into their own apartment for their first time and would love getting settled in with cleaning supplies, simple bedding, or pots and pans. You'll also find entertainment items like books or movies!

We thank you all for your lasting support in this wonderful tradition and sincerely wish everyone in our extended EPI family a happy and healthy holiday season!

A special thank you to PDCM, Veridian Fiscal Solutions, Discerning Wealth, Lee Wealth Management, and the UNI Foundation for hosting a Giving Tree at their offices!