Annual Giving Tree Gathers Gifts for Children

Christmas tree with ornament
November 29, 2018

Are you ready to brighten the holiday season for needy children in the Treasure Valley? The 10th annual College of Western Idaho (CWI) Giving Tree is up and going! Heather Schoenherr, Assistant Professor of Psychology and co-advisor for Psychology Club, started the Giving Tree with the Psychology Club during her second semester of teaching at the College in 2009 to encourage gratitude and outreach to our community. 

“At the time, we only did one tree for a few families,” Schoenherr commented about her efforts to give back to the community during the holidays. “Now, we collect 100-200 gifts a year for children who are part of the 3rd District Guardian ad Litem Program, a non-profit program advocating for abused and neglected children.”

As the Giving Tree has grown throughout the years, the Psychology club has recruited help from other clubs on campus. This year, the club is working with the Criminal Justice Club, Veterans Association, and the Horticulture Club to hit a goal of 200 gifts for young children. Joy the fun and donate items to the Giving Tree!

Gifts will be collected through Dec.11 at the following CWI locations: