In 1989, the El Paso Community Foundation’s Spirit of Giving holiday project provides an opportunity for people to give directly and anonymously to individuals and nonprofit organizations during the holiday season. The program has collected over 65,000 gifts since its creation.
Spirit of Giving trees have been a fixture at the Cielo Vista and Sunland Park Malls. Virtual trees, or “trees” that exist online, were added a couple of years before the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Participants select tags in person from the trees or choose one online to brighten someone’s holiday season. Each tag represents a gift request or need from a child living at a local shelter, a young adult who has aged out of foster care and is completing their education, or a senior citizen in a local care facility. For most of the recipients, this is the only gift they will receive during the holiday season.
The Foundation is proud to partner with Cielo Vista Mall, Sunland Park Mall, and GECU.