City hosts Virtual Gift Giving Tree to aid those in Need this Holiday Season

This holiday season, the City of El Paso is hosting a Virtual Gift Giving Tree to provide a gift for community members in need.

“In an effort to help others winter season, the City’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Foster Grandparents Program (FGP) have been working hard on a very special holiday initiative called the Gift Giving Tree,” officials shared via a news release Wednesday mornning.

“The Gift Giving Tree provides City of El Paso employees and the community an opportunity to help those that are less fortunate during the holiday.”

A 30-year-old tradition, the Giving Tree works by placing hundreds of tags with specifically needed items on holiday trees at City of El Paso locations. This year—because of the pandemic—the Community and Human Development Department came up with an alternative and created the first Virtual Gift Giving Tree set up online.

“Each tag represents a gift requested by a child, adult, veteran, or senior in need. The requested gifts may not seem like much for some, but it may be the only gift the individuals will receive,” city officials added.

All are invited to visit and click on the Gift Giving Tree banner. The public can then choose a tag and provide a gift to someone less fortunate this holiday season.

For safety and convenience, gifts can be mailed or shipped directly to the agency selected or drop off gifts at participating Fire Stations (Fire Station 3, 16, 29 or 22).  All gifts are due December 4, 2020.

For questions about the Gift Giving Tree, call (915) 212-1685 or email

This year’s partners are Bienvivir Senior Health Services, El Paso Animal Services, Ysleta Senior Housing, Mission Senior Housing, Reynolds Home, YWCA Transitional Living Center, Department of State Health Services Children with Special Health Care Needs, Opportunity Center/Magoffin SRO, Armed Services YMCA and the Veterans Transitional Living Center.