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Perham's Giving Tree moves to Crosspoint Alliance Church

The Giving Tree is a way to help children in the area receive a gift at Christmas, when they otherwise may not.

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The Giving Tree displays cards for children to receive presents who may not otherwise receive one at Christmas time. (Perham Focus file photo)

The Giving Tree is a way to help children in the area receive a gift at Christmas, when they otherwise may not receive one. For the 2021 season, people in the Perham area who want to partake in the Giving Tree may pick up a wish list card and then drop off the presents at Crosspoint Alliance Church.

The Giving Tree's location has moved this year, from the In Their Own Words Museum to Crosspoint Alliance Church, at 600 8th Street NE in Perham.

This community project has been chaired by Lisa and Steve Sheets for the past 27 years, along with sponsorships by the Perham Ministerial Association and the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2020, 220 children from 78 families received Christmas gifts through the Giving Tree.

Requests are made for children by United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena counties , Otter Tail County Human Services, and local churches and schools. Request forms are returned to the church, which gives them to the organizers. Each request is coded to a card to keep the names of children and families confidential. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Cards are placed on the Giving Tree, describing the child's wishes for a gift. Volunteers may pick a card off the tree at Crosspoint Alliance Church, buy the requested gift, wrap it and bring it back to the church by Thursday, Dec. 16. The church office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gifts are anonymous.

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Giving Tree gifts will be distributed on Monday, Dec. 20 at Crosspoint Alliance Church.

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