North Iowa Giving Tree

The local North Iowa Giving Tree is in its 24th year and the ornament tags are now available to be picked up. This year, the Giving Tree is supporting over 26 North Iowa families/74 children. Each child is provided three gifts (1 toy/hobby and 2 clothing items). That is over 222 gifts total! Families also get a few other items from local, school, and church organizations. The generosity from community members make this all possible.

Where can you pick up an ornament tag?
1. Banks in Buffalo Center, Thompson, Lakota, or Rake and the Buffalo Center Post Office.
2. Online at

When is the deadline? December 12th

Where do I drop off the presents?
1. At the location you picked up the tag by December 12th. (wrapped)
2. At NICS by December 12th. (wrapped or unwrapped)
3. At the BC Lights Tour December 4th. Just look for our stop on the map, north of the Catholic church. (wrapped or unwrapped)

Can I give a monetary donation?
Of course! You can drop off a monetary donation at any participating bank, just let a receptionist know. Otherwise, drop off a donation during the BC Tour of Lights. We have designated shoppers that purchase gifts if you don’t want to shop.