Every year, through the YMCA Christmas Giving Tree, community members - young and old - have the opportunity to bring joy, spread light, and make holiday wishes come true to those in need in the Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo community. Read below to learn more about the Y's giving efforts this holiday season, and find an opportunity that fits with you and your family.
Nominate a Child / Family
If you have or know children who would otherwise go without a present this holiday season, we invite you to sign them up for the Y's Christmas Giving Tree. Individuals filling out the form will have the opportunity to list multiple children within the same family/household between the ages of 0 - 17 and share gift ideas that will make their holiday season special. Wish lists submitted after December 4 will not be guaranteed a gift. We will fill wish lists following that date as we are able. Recipient families will be notified when their gifts are ready to be picked up.
Support the Christmas Giving Tree
Each year we count on our community to ensure that children in our area can celebrate the joy and magic of the holiday season by supporting the Y's Christmas Giving Tree through gift items and monetary donations. Whether it’s purchasing and sending the most anticipated toys of the season or providing gift cards for teens and parents to shop directly, your generosity brings so much joy and hope to families who may not otherwise have presents to open this season! We ask that gifts be delivered to either YMCA location (400 1st Ave S, Fargo or 4243 19th Ave S, Fargo) by the dates listed below to ensure that families can enjoy them.
Fulfill a Gift Request
You have the opportunity to stuff a gift bag with wish list items specific to a child and/or family. To do so, please grab a tag from the Christmas Giving Tree in the lobby of either YMCA location, and register your tag at the Member Services Desk. We ask that you put together gifts based on the items listed on the tag and are appropriate for the age and gender listed. We also ask that gifts are new, unwrapped, and dropped off at either YMCA Member Services Desk by December 22.
Supply Popular Gift Request
Help us supply some popular "staple" items, like gift cards, books, blocks, puzzles, LED track lights, Pokémon cards, slime, art supplies, and even essentials like clothing, winter gear, and blankets for children ages infant through 17. We will make sure that these items get intentionally placed in the most appropriate bags. Additionally, we welcome donations to help us package and transport gift, such as wrapping paper, tissue paper, and garbage bags. New, unwrapped donations can be dropped off by December 22 in the Giving Box in the Fercho YMCA Lobby or at the Member Services Desk in the Schlossman YMCA Lobby.
There is yet another way to wrap up your generosity this year - visit our Giving page and make a cash donation that will allow our team to directly purchase the gift items that are most requested by families.
Whatever holiday you and your family are celebrating this season, we wish you peace, joy, and hope.