November 25, 2023

Giving Tree Project

Trees Ready for Public Decorating SATURDAY December 3rd.

Ready for Decoration

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 Friday, December 9th


Where to Donate

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

The Official Giving Tree Project Donation Drop-offsite for tree stands, new lights or, a large decoration donation is at 

Gary’s First Class Car Care at 366 Highway 7 in Excelsior.

Items are accepted all year round.

What Can Be Donated

All donations must be in good condition, gently used, and not soiled.

Items Accepted

· Glass bulbs that are in good condition, not cracked  and the paint cannot be chipped or peeling.

· Ornaments new, hand crafted, homemade, and with previous tree experience.

· Tree Trimmings, hand crafted, homemade, and with previous tree experience.

· Tree tops, hand crafted, homemade, and with previous tree experience.

· Lights new or in new condition.

· Tree stands for trees 3-5 feet tall.

· New tree bags

· Tree Skirts

Please no candles

How You Can Help

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 to 4-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 for 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, December 3rd, 2020· 

· Trees will be delivered to foster sites the week of November 25th, 2019 between 10:00 AM-3:00PM.

·  Trees will be picked up for ResourceWest clients on Saturday, December 10th at10:00 a.m.

·  If your family, a neighbor, or someone you know in the community that needs a Christmas Tree this year, contact ResourceWest at


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

Becoming a Foster Site

Great News, the 2022Giving Trees all  have Foster Sites

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

call Kellie at 952-960-1692 or e-mail at  kmurphyringate@excelsiorfire.orgto be placed on the waiting list.

Pick Up Dates

· Trees will be picked up by community volunteers on Saturday, December 10th .

2022 Locations

Dunn Brothers Coffee                                                          

11Water Street


The Dock Cinema                                                                

26Water Street


Excelsior Bay Books                                                            

36   Water Street


Lakes Area Realty                                                                

37Water Street


Makers Studio                                                                      

400Second Street


The Vintage Loft                                                                  

434Second Street


Re/Max Advantage Plus                                                      

216Second Street


Amore& Fede                                                                      

226Water Street


Excelsior Eye Care                                                                

228Water Street



239Water Street


 OohLa La                                                                            

274Water Street



266Water  Street


Wells Fargo Bank (side door)                                              

411Water Street


Excelsior Real Estate                                                            

386Oak Street


 State Farm Insurance                                                            

378Oak  Street


The Commons Work Place                                                  

540Lake Street


Excelsior Paint and Design                                                  

701Highway 7


Gary’s First Class Car Care                                                  

366Highway 7


Minnesota  Inboard                                                              

720 Galpin Lake Road


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