While some are starting to plan and decorate for Christmas, others in our community are facing the difficult decision to pay their bills or put gifts under the tree.

Entering its 29th year, Sharing Tree helps our community fill the local holiday wishes of people in need. United Way of Midland County and The Salvation Army are partnering again this year to ensure that every person feels the touch of our caring community this holiday season and throughout the year.

“We are very excited to continue in this partnership with the United Way as we try to meet needs for men, women and children throughout Midland County this Christmas season,” said Captain Brian Goodwill of The Salvation Army’s Midland Corps. “The Sharing Tree program has a wonderful way of bringing together many different agencies, the generous donors of our community and those in need living all around us. It’s a blessing to be a part of it again this year.”

Sharing Tree does more than provide gifts. It also helps those who are struggling to afford basic needs like utility assistance, transportation vouchers, household necessities and food. Many requests are for items many of us may take for granted, such as hats, gloves, coats and gas to get to work.

Sharing Tree tags can be found at Sharing Tree locations throughout the community. Computers To Go is hosting a tree and will serve as the gift drop-off location in the Midland Mall. A complete list of Sharing Tree locations can be found at unitedwaymidland.org/sharingtree.

For those who prefer to do their holiday shopping online, Sharing Tree offers a new online giving portal where you can contribute a financial gift that will help fill individual requests. Visit sharingtreemidland.org to contribute directly towards purchasing remaining gift requests.

Be sure to wrap the gift so that it can be opened during gift-check in, securely tape the tag to the gift and return to any Sharing Tree location by Tuesday, December 3. For more information, call Matt Place with The Salvation Army at (989) 496-2787 or visit unitedwaymidland.org/sharingtree.



United Way brings the community together to improve lives by amplifying individual passion to take on our toughest challenges. They don’t focus on a single issue because change is bigger than one organization or program. They partner with nonprofits and invest in programs that show measurable outcomes—every year.


Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. At work in Michigan since 1887, The Salvation Army operates 180 facilities throughout the state. Annually, these facilities provide more than 4.1 million meals and more than 938,000 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.85 of every dollar that is raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 989-496-2787, or visit us at www.samidland.org or www.salmich.org.