Monday, Nov. 21, marked the launch of the 2011 MIT Giving Tree, co-sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center and the Panhellenic Association. This great holiday tradition brings the MIT community together to donate gifts to children and make an impact in the local Boston and Cambridge area community. Each year, more than 300 MIT community members provide gifts to more than 600 children affiliated with 12 local service agencies. Giving Tree allows participants to choose specific gifts for specific children, making the gift-giving process a more personalized one for all.
MIT Giving Tree began in 1992, and over the years it has provided gifts ranging from baby teething toys, to dolls and fire trucks for young children, to necessities such as soap, deodorant and socks to teenagers and young adults.
To participate in the Giving Tree, MIT community members should stop by the MIT Public Service Center (4-104) between Nov. 21 and Dec. 12 to pick up a gift request. Participants are asked to purchase, wrap and return the gifts to 4-104 by 10 a.m. on Dec. 13.