The Giving Tree will return to Perham soon
Last year, 263 children and 112 families received Christmas gifts through the Giving Tree.
PERHAM — Giving Tree cards will be ready to pick up the first week of December to purchase a gift for a child in need.
The Giving Tree is sponsored by the Perham Ministerial Association and the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce. This community project is chaired by Lisa and Steve Sheets and has been for the past 28 years. The Giving Tree helps children in the area receive a gift for Christmas who may otherwise not receive one.
Requests for children are made by United Way, Otter Tail Human Services, churches and schools. Request forms are available at and returned to Perham's Crosspoint Alliance Church, located at 600 Eighth St. NE. Lisa Sheets takes each request and codes it to a card, keeping child and family names anonymous and confidential.
Cards are then placed on the Giving Tree at Crosspoint Alliance Church, describing the child's wishes for a gift. Participants can pick a card off the tree, buy the gift, wrap it and bring it back to the church.
All these gifts are anonymous, so the giver and recipient never meet. Last year, 263 children and 112 families received Christmas gifts through the Giving Tree.