volunteer programs

Giving Tree

To Participate

The MIT Giving Tree campaign will kick off before Thanksgiving Break, and gifts will be collected until the week before final exams. Timeline:

  • Participants pick up gift tag(s) from the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center’s 4-104 office beginning Monday, November 23.

  • Gift drop-off in 4-104, 9 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday, November 23 to December 11.

The gift tag will include the name and/or gender, age, and in most cases, the gift request of the child. The label will also include the name of the sponsoring agency. Do not lose this label! You will need to secure it to your gift so that we can make sure it is given to the proper child. Please DO NOT wrap your gift.

You can sponsor a child’s gift request individually, or participate in a group with friends or co-workers. You can work in teams of any size to purchase one gift or twenty!

If your child did not request a specific gift or you are having trouble finding a specific gift, please buy a different age-appropriate gift. The suggested monetary range for gifts is $15-$25. While you may be able to afford more, please remember that most of these children will open their gifts among one another, at their agencies. It may be difficult for a child to receive a $15 gift while the child next to her receives a very expensive gift. Please keep this in mind when making your purchase.

Please note: we have been asked not to donate violence-themed toys, such as toy weapons, war figures or war games.

No time to shop? We'll do it for you! Monetary donations are accepted;
Checks should be made out to MIT and postmarked no later than December 5:

MIT Giving Tree
Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, 4-104
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139


Questions? Email mitgivingtree@mit.edu.