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 submit applications for families. Community members and businesses then adopt/sponsor those families. In 2015, all 119 families (over 400 individuals) were adopted through the Gift Tree program. Thank you to all who made Gift Tree so amazing last year!
Olean Times Herald Gift Tree adoption list publication dates: Tuesdays, November 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.
The gift drop off day will be: Thursday, December 8th from 10a.m. to 7p.m. at the Elks Lodge located at 209 West State Street in Olean. Off street parking is available. *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:
34 N. Fourth St.
Allegany, NY 14706
*put "Gift Tree Fund" in the memo line
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer shopper, 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.