The Select-A-Gift trees and are up and filled with tags at participating Custer Churches, Banks, Credit Unions and Business’s!


   It is the Holiday season and a time for giving joyfully from our hearts. Community members are encouraged to take a gift tag from one of these trees and buy a gift for the person on the tag.

Select-a-gift is an integral part of the annual Custer Ministerial Alliance’s  Christmas Community Project. This program ensures that families in need are able to experience the joy of giving and receiving gifts. Gifts are gathered during November and December for all age groups: children, teenagers, and moms, dads and senior citizens of Custer County.

On Select-A- Gift day families are able to pick one gift for each family member. The children as a family pick one present for mom and one for dad and the parents pick one present for each child. These gifts are then wrapped and tagged for opening on Christmas Day.

While everyone loves to buy gifts for children, we encourage folks to pick the “Mom” and “Dad” tags.  We have a big need for these adult gifts and it is so heartwarming to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they learn they get to choose a gift for Mom and Dad!

Please find your tag/s at on the trees at Custer Lutheran Fellowship, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Custer Community Church, First Baptist Church, Crossroads Church, Grace Family Church, First Interstate Bank, Highmark Federal Credit Union, Dacotah Bank, Shopko, Family Dollar Store, True Value Hardware, and Custer Middle/High School Library.

Gift suggestions are now printed on the back of the tag.  Gifts are to be returned (unwrapped) to the church or to the business where you selected the gift tag by Tuesday December 12.  At this time the gifts will be collected for distribution on Saturday, December 16.

Cash donations or checks to be made out to Custer Ministerial Alliance are also accepted and help fill in where gifts are needed.  Trees that have cash donation envelopes are at First Interstate Bank, Shopko and Highmark Federal Credit Union.  Or call Juli Ames-Curtis at the number below.

Due to the generosity of this community, 93 area families experienced a happier Christmas in 2016. If you have questions or wish to help with this part of the project such as setting up or wrapping gifts call, please call Juli Ames-Curtis (673-2967 or 970-391-9921) Select-A-Gift chairwoman.

If you are a Custer County resident or know of someone or a family who could use some help this Christmas, please call Donna at Custer Lutheran Fellowship 673-4691 and to find out if you qualify for this program.

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