Since 1990, the Tree of Hope has collected toys and gifts for children in the hospital over the holidays. Toys are collected by the aviation community, EAA Chapters, Flying clubs, Minnesota Pilots Association, Minnesota Chapter of the 99’s, Zuhrah Shrine Flyers, WAI, individuals and community volunteers.
Tree of Hope is an all-volunteer organization made up of people from the aviation community, businesses, churches and the community in general.
Toys are collected throughout the year and brought to a central collection site on the first Saturday of December where volunteers sort, add batteries and bag toys for delivery to hospitals. Volunteers then take these toys to their assigned hospitals where the hospitals distribute the toys to the children. Other major toy collections do NOT give to hospitals. The hospitals and their staff are very appreciative of the donations they receive.
Toys are delivered across the state of Minnesota, 2 hospitals in Wisconsin and Fargo North Dakota. Toys are also sent to all 5 Ronald McDonald Houses in Minnesota as well as 2 Catholic Charities children’s shelters.