The Giving Tree Project places fully decorated Christmas Trees in the homes of Veterans in need.

We need your decoration donations to make it possible.

Ready for Decoration Saturday, November 25th.

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 Monday, December 11th



Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)



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

New, handmade, or ornaments and tree trimmings with previous tree experience are accepted.

These tiny 3 to 5 foot trees stand outside and are exposed to the elements, ornaments, or cards should be placed in sealed plastic bags.


Donations & Toy Drive

Here is how you can help.


MACV Toy Drive

Now until Monday, December 11th

Toy Collection for Veterans

Ages Pre-K to 13

List of suggested toy donations below.


Giving Tree Project Donations

Donations accepted all year round. Note: The Giving Trees will be picked up on Tuesday, December 12th.

Donate Tree Trimming or your Troop, Group, neighborhood

organization can adopt a tree to decorate.

Contact Firefighter Kellie at 952-960-1692 to adopt a tree to decorate.

List of Giving Tree needs below.


Toy and Giving Tree Donation 2 Drop Off Sites:

Gary’s Frist Class Car Care

366 Highway 7, Excelsior

8:30 am-4:00 pm M-F


Excelsior Fire District Stations No.1

24100 Smithtown Road, Shorewood

8:30 am-4:00 pm M-Th


Toy Drive

Ages 0 – 4

Toy Tool Sets

Fischer Price Toys

See & Say Toys

Musical Toys

Tyco Toys

Educational Play Sets

Duplo Play Sets

Wooden Block Sets



Ages 5 – 10

Multicultural Dolls

Tonka Trucks

Art & Craft Sets

Sporting Goods

Model or Construction Sets

Science Kits / Sporting Items

Educational Play Sets

DVDs / Board Games



Ages 11 – 13

CDs / DVDs / Video Games

CD Players / Electronics

Jewelry / Books

Sporting Items

Sport’s Team Apparel

Board Games

Digital Cameras

Ridgedale Mall Gift Cards

Target/Best Buy Gift Cards

The average price of a donated toy is $10 – $30.


Giving Tree Needs

Glass bulbs


Tree Trimmings

Tree tops

Working Lights

Tree stands for trees 3-5 inches.

Tree bags

Tree Skirts

Please no candles


Think of the Giving Tree Project when…


How Your Organization Can Adopt a Tree to Decorate


Important Dates

Twenty trees will be at their business foster sites and ready for public decorating by Saturday, November 25, 2023

Trees will be picked up for Veterans on Tuesday, December 12th between 6:00 am-Noon.


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



Dunn Brothers Coffee

11 Water Street


Excelsior Bay Books

36 Water Street


Lakes Area Realty

37 Water Street



40 Water Street


The Vintage Loft

434 Second Street



212 Water Street


Re/Max Advantage Plus

216 Second Street


Lake Effect

219 Water Street


Amore & Fede

226 Water Street


Excelsior Eye Care

228 Water Street



239 Water Street


Ooh La La

274 Water Street



266 Water Street


The Guest House

371 Water Street


Excelsior Real Estate

386 Oak Street


State Farm Insurance

378 Oak Street


Excelsior Paint and Design

701 Highway 7


Gary’s First Class Car Care

366 Highway 7


Minnesota Inboard

720 Galpin Lake Road


Becoming a Foster Site

Great News, the 2023 Giving Trees all have Foster Sites.

If have 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 to be placed on the waiting list.


Pick Up Date

Trees will be picked up by Ridgewood Church Volunteers on Tuesday, December 12th .