Who We Are
The Giving Tree has the mission to spread kindness, dignity, and hope to those in need within our local area. Each recipient is treated as if they are a member of our own family as we strive to identify and support the needs of the children, young adults, families and seniors among us who do not have access to some of the most basic necessities.
We are a 100% volunteer grassroots organization consisting of a steering committee of 4, along with hundreds of volunteers throughout Boca Raton. We help foster children, families down on their luck, homeless teens, and victims of tragic circumstances such as: fire, medical issues, and death of a parent.
The Giving Tree was started over 30 years ago as a small social action group within Temple Beth El providing holiday gifts for a few local families in need.
We engage with local agencies, schools and other community organizations to identify specific individual needs of children, families and seniors in our community who would benefit from The Giving Tree resources.
With the support of Temple Beth El clergy, congregants and the community at large, The Giving Tree has expanded to serve over 2000 children and seniors per holiday season and hundreds more recipients throughout the year with our 3 main programs; “Holiday Giving”, “Quiet Giving” and “Back To School.
The Giving Tree does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
The Giving Tree
One Need, One Life, One Day at a Time
We provided gas money to the grandparent of a burn victim so that he could afford the one hundred mile round tip drive the hospital to visit his grandson who is in his care. In typical "Giving Tree" fashion, we also donated extra funding for food and gifts.
Random Act of Kindness
Dear Temple Beth El, I never thought I would ever see my mother smile again from the heart. I have watched her since her injury and I have seen her cry and smile, but the smiles were more to console us so that we wouldn't worry about her visible injuries, our challenges, and the loss of feeling safe and secure. The money, gift cards, Wii game console, and all of the beautiful gifts brought tears of joy to our family... (more) ~ Julisa
Dear The Giving Tree of Temple Beth El, Thank you for your donations! It is through the support of individuals, corporate representatives, and non-profit organizations like you that we are able to continue to strengthen our Family Self Sufficiency Program and develop new innovative projects to serve our community. ~ Deltha Hofmeister and FSS - Boca Raton Housing Authority
Dear The Giving Tree of Temple Beth El, On behalf of myself and family, we want to say thank you. With what we've received from your hearts, I can truly say this is the first time our little apartment feels like a home. Due to my job, my children were lacking many things, but now they're overjoyed. Again, thank you! Don't ever change your hearts. Just when I thought I couldn't see through the darkness, you all gave me and my family light. ~ The Walls Family