Interfaith Caregivers and the Olean Times Herald collaborate in an effort to bring Christmas to families and disabled and or elderly adults in need throughout Cattaraugus County. Over 20 local human service agencies submit applications for families. Community members and businesses then adopt/sponsor those families. In 2014, 126 families were adopted through the Gift Tree program. 119 families will be up for adoption/sponsoring this Gift Tree 2015 season.
Olean Times Herald Gift Tree family listing publication dates: Tuesday, November 10th, 17th, 24th and December 1st.
The gift drop off day will be: Thursday, December 10th 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 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.