The El Paso Community Foundation’s Spirit of Giving campaign returns for its 30th year with plenty of places, physical and digital, where you can help someone who might otherwise go without this holiday.
Spirit of Giving trees are located at Cielo Vista Mall, Sunland Park Mall, and five GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services locations — Viscount and Airway; Rojas and Zaragoza; Vista del Sol and Yarbrough; Transmountain and Dyer; and Resler and Helen of Troy.
The trees are adorned with snowflake tags that represent the stories of people — children, elderly, and disabled — in need. All residents need to do is pick a tag, buy a gift, wrap it with the tag, and return it to the Spirit of Giving location where it was purchased.
More than 57,000 gifts have been given through this uniquely El Paso effort, which started in 1989.
The drop-off deadlines are:
- GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services locations — Friday, December 7
- Cielo Vista Mall — Wednesday, December 19
- Sunland Park Mall — Thursday, December 20
Donors also can go to the virtual tree, click the tag of the story that moves you and pay for the gift. The El Paso Community Foundation will ensure that it is delivered. Or print the tag, purchase the gift, wrap it and deliver it, with the tag, to their offices at 333 North Oregon Street on the 2nd Floor.
Office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The deadline to drop off gifts to our office is Monday, December 17.
The El Paso Community Foundation’s Spirit of Giving is sponsored by Cielo Vista Mall/Simon Malls, Sunland Park Mall, GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services, KTSM 9 and iHeartRadio of El Paso.