November 25, 2023

Giving Tree Project

Ready for Decoration SATURDAY, November 25th

2023 Giving Tree Project

The Giving Tree Project places fully decorated Christmas Trees in the homes of Veterans in need.  

We need your decoration donations to make it possible.


Ready for Decoration Saturday, November 25th

Twenty trees are at their business foster sites and ready for public decorating.

Giving Trees can be identified by the green or red tree shaped poem tied to the boughs.

Last Day to Decorate Monday, December 11th.


Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)



Giving Tree decoration angels (you) are encouraged to place your ornaments and tree trimming on the trees.

New, handmade, or ornaments and tree trimmings with previous tree experience are accepted.  


These tiny 3-to-5-foot trees stand outside and are exposed to the

elements, the ornaments, or cards should be placed in sealed plastic bags.


Donations &Toy Drive

Here is how you can help.

MACV Toy Drive

Now until Monday, December 11th

Toy Collection for Veterans

Ages Pre-K to 13

List of suggested toy donationsbelow.


Giving Tree Project Donations

Donations accepted all yearround. Note: The Giving Trees will be picked up on Tuesday, December 12th.

Donate Tree Trimming or yourTroop, Group, neighborhood

organization can adopt a treeto decorate.

Contact Firefighter Kellie at952-960-1692 to adopt a tree to decorate.

List of Giving Tree needsbelow.  


Toyand Giving Tree Donation 2 Drop Off Sites:

Gary’s Frist Class Car Care

366 Highway 7, Excelsior

8:30 am-4:00 pm M-F


Excelsior Fire District Stations No.1

24100 Smithtown Road, Shorewood

8:30 am-4:00 pm M-Th


Toy Drive

Ages 0 - 4

Toy Tool Sets

Fischer Price Toys

See& Say Toys

Musical Toys

Tyco Toys

Educational Play Sets

Duplo Play Sets

Wooden Block Sets  



Ages 5 - 10

Multicultural Dolls

Tonka Trucks

Art& Craft Sets

Sporting Goods

Modelor Construction Sets

ScienceKits / Sporting Items

Educational Play Sets

DVDs/ Board Games    



Ages 11 - 13

CDs/ DVDs / Video Games

CD Players / Electronics

Jewelry/ Books  

Sporting Items

Sport's Team Apparel


Digital Cameras

Ridgedale Mall Gift Cards

Target/BestBuy Gift Cards

The average price of a donated toy is $10 - $30.

Giving Tree Needs

Glass bulbs


Tree Trimmings


Working Lights

Tree stands for trees 3-5 inches.

Tree bags

Tree Skirts

Please no candles

Think of the Giving Tree Project when...

  • You’re downsizing your tree trimmings, ornaments, and tree bling.
  • You do not know what to do with those ornaments you received as gifts that are just not your style.
  • You just don’t know what to do with those ornaments from your x-spouse.
  • You have talented children that want to help, have them make ornaments.
  • Your Christmas boxes are outgrowing their storage space.
  • You are writing up your holiday invites and ask for donations for the Giving Tree Project in lieu of hostess gifts.

How Your Organization Can Adopt a Tree to Decorate

Your group can adopt a tree to personalize and make special for the family receiving the tree.

Nothing adds to a tree more than ornaments and trimmings placed by the hands of someone who cares. Decorations can be handmade, purchased, or have previous tree experience.

We encourage groups to write their names, and/or group names on the ornaments.

A ribbon or banner with your group’s information is also welcome. These tiny 3 to4-foot trees stand outside and are exposed to the elements, the ornaments or cards should be placed in Ziplocs or plastic bags

Contact Kellie at 952-960-1692 or e-mail  kmurphyringate@excelsiorfire.orgfor more details and to be assigned a tree.

Important Dates

Twenty trees will be at their business foster sites and ready for public decorating by Saturday, November 25, 2023 

Trees will be picked up for Veterans on Tuesday, December 12th between 6:00 am-Noon.

To Be Added To Our Event List

To be added to our event mailing list or the Giving Tree Project mailing list contact Kellie with your information and indicate which list you would like to be placed on.

We can mail or e-mail mail you the information.

The Excelsior Fire District does not sell or share our lists.

Contact Kellie at 952-960-1692 or e-mail at


Dunn Brothers Coffee

11 Water Street

Excelsior Bay Books                                                                

36 Water Street


Lakes Area Realty                                                                    

37 Water Street



40 Water Street  

The Vintage Loft                                                                      

434 Second Street



212 Water Street  


Re/Max Advantage Plus                                                          

216 Second Street


Lake Effect                                                                              

219 Water Street


Amore & Fede                                                            

226 Water Street


Excelsior Eye Care                                                                  

228 Water Street



239 Water Street


Ooh La La                                                                                

274 Water Street



266 Water  Street


The Guest House                                                                    

371 Water Street


Excelsior Real Estate                                                  

386 Oak Street


State Farm Insurance                                                  

378 Oak  Street


Excelsior Paint and Design                                                      

701 Highway 7


Gary’s First Class Car Care                                                      

366 Highway 7


Minnesota  Inboard                                                                

720 Galpin Lake Road

Becoming a Foster Site

Great News, the 2023 Giving Trees all have Foster Sites.

If you are a business in downtown Excelsior and you would like to be a Giving Tree Foster Site in the future,

call Kellie at 952-960-1692 or e-mail at to be placed on the waiting list.

Pick Up Date

Trees will be picked up by Ridgewood Church Volunteers on Tuesday, December 12th .




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