The Valley Mall in Union Gap held a Giving Tuesday fundraising event to help support local nonprofits and spread some Christmas cheer this year.

Participating charities that decorated Christmas trees for auction at this event included Rod’s House, Wellness House, Yakima Pride, Habitat for Humanity, and Team Yakima Volleyball Club.

There was even a Barbie Christmas Tree! (See the gallery of all of the lovely decorated Christmas trees below.)

Barbie Christmas Tree decorated by Yakima Pride for Festival of Trees at Valley Mall
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WHAT IS GIVING TUESDAY?

Giving Tuesday 2023
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Giving Tuesday encourages locals to support charities and nonprofits in their towns. Speaking from my many years of volunteer board experiences on various local Yakima Valley nonprofits, I know all too well how our local donations and sponsorships help keep charities alive and functioning.

These donations help pay for things like providing scholarships and grants, supplies, food, mental health and wellness services, and job and housing support to needy individuals and families in the Yakima Valley.

FESTIVAL OF TREES AT VALLEY MALL

Festival of Trees 2023 at Valley Mall in Union Gap
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Valley Mall management has graciously provided a place and the space for local nonprofits to raise funds by raffling off a Christmas tree decorated by the charity’s volunteers. The event was held in the Center Court from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Passersby could purchase a raffle ticket for $20, thus putting their name in the pile for winning the decorated tree for the holidays.

PARTICIPATING CHARITIES

Five local Yakima Valley charities collectively 10 total hours decorating these beautiful Christmas trees that were given away by raffle tickets. (See the gallery below.)

Yakima Pride

Yakima Pride
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“We are a non-profit organization based in Yakima, Washington that is committed to supporting and empowering the LGBTQIA+ community. Our team of dedicated queer volunteers works tirelessly to create uplifting and educational events, outreach programs, and celebrations of the beautiful diversity within our community.”

 

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Yakima
Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity via Facebook
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“Seeking to put God’s Love into Action, Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community, and hope.”

 

Rod’s House

Rod's House Yakima
Rod's House via Facebook
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“Rod’s House builds authentic connections with young people, supports them in feeling respected and secure in who they are, empowers them to reach their full potential, and positively connects them to the community.”

 

Team Yakima Volleyball Club

Team Yakima Volleyball Club
Team Yakima Volleyball Club via Facebook
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“Team Yakima volleyball club is a renowned and competitive organization in Yakima, Washington, offering comprehensive training programs for players of all ages and skill levels since 1977.”

 

Wellness House

Wellness House Yakima
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Wellness House provides a library, emotional support, and guidance for resources for local residents diagnosed with multiple cancers and their families.

 

Photo Gallery of the Festival of Trees 2023 at Valley Mall in Union Gap

Gallery Credit: Reesha Cosby

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