UPDATE (1/16/19): In 2018, Gift Tree served 80 families of all sizes. Thank you to our local community for a quick response and such generous giving. You made the holiday season bright for many.
Gift Tree is a community gift giving program for needy families and individuals. Interfaith Caregivers and the Olean Times Herald collaborate in an effort to bring Christmas to impoverished families and disabled and or elderly adults throughout Cattaraugus County. Over 20 local human service agencies refer clients to our program. Community members and businesses then adopt/sponsor those families. In 2017, 78 families of all sizes (over 350 individuals) were adopted through our Gift Tree program. Thank you to the generous and kind community who helped make this a success!
The Olean Times Herald Gift Tree 2018 adoption list publication dates: Tuesdays- November 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th.
The gift drop off day will be: Thursday, December 6 from 9a.m. to 7p.m. at the Robert H. Livingston Community Center (next to Allegany Fire Hall, Main Street, Allegany) *For security purposes please only drop off gifts during these hours.
If you want to support Gift Tree but you are unable to adopt a family or go shopping, you may contribute to the Gift Tree Fund by online donation (here on the Interfaith Caregivers website) or by making a check to:
P.O. Box 319
Olean, NY 14760
*put "Gift Tree Fund" in the memo line
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer shopper or to answer the Gift Tree phone line, please call our office: 372-6283
The Gift Tree Program selects new families of all sizes each year. We do not serve the same families year after year.
Gift Tree families are referred to us by case managers from local human service agencies.
Elder adults in need may also be referred to the Gift Tree Program.
A large percentage of the families on the Gift Tree program are the working poor.
If you don't want to adopt a family for Gift Tree, but want to help the cause, you may click and donate right here on our website.
Funds donated to the Gift Tree Program are used to shop for families that don't get adopted by the public.