Give the Gift of a smile.

Because every child deserves a Happy Christmas. 

Show Love, Share Joy this Christmas

This has been a difficult year for all of us, but some families in our area have been hit hard by the pandemic or have fallen on hard times due to other reasons. The Giving Tree is a great way for us to help give back to our friends and neighbors and help bring some much needed Christmas Magic into their homes and to their loved ones.  

What is the Giving Tree?  

So much of the magic of Christmas is giving back to those who need a helping hand. The Giving Tree is our annual gift-giving fundraiser designed for generous people, like yourself, to buy a Christmas gift for a child in need. 

How Does it Work? 

Annually, we put up our Giving Trees in each of our branches for you to snag a tag and buy the gift written on the tag. Once you buy the gift, you simply return it to us and we'll donate all the gifts to the Christmas Bureau! The gift idea doesn't have to come from the tree, you can certainly purchase what you'd like. Then we all smile because we helped to bring a little Christmas Magic to a child, or two, or three. You see how it works! ;) 

Wish List Ideas: 

The great thing about young people is they aren't known to be too picky. They are generally just happy to be thought of, but below are a few ideas to help get you started. You can also visit one of our branches and snag a tag from any of our Giving Trees.


Toy Trucks and Cars

Train Sets

Action Figures/Transformers


Building Blocks


Coloring Books/Crayons

Crafts/Drawing Kits

Lego's (for girls or boys)



Star Wars Toys


Bike Helmet

Sports or Outdoor Play (Football/Baseball/Basketball/Hockey/Soccer)

Store Gift Cards for teens

Makeup sets for teens

Nail Polish for teens


Mr. Potato Head

Model Cars

Clothing (any age)

Winter Coats/Hats/Gloves (any age)

Bath & Body Works for teens

Remote Control Cars

Stuffed Animals


Shopping by age, character, girl or boy can also help when shopping for a gift. 

How much do I spend? 

There is absolutely no limit to how much you should or must spend. Any donation you would like to give is very much appreciated! 

Where do I drop-off? 

You can drop-off at any UFirst branch. Click here to find a branch closest to you. 

Virtual Giving

We know everyone may not be wanting to get out and about these days, so if you would just like to make a monetary donation, we can do the shopping for you. Here are a few options for you:

  • Call 518.324.5700 option 1 and give your donation over the phone (It's just a simple transfer!)
  • Send a Secure Message through your Online Banking
  • Drop a check, made payable to UFirst FCU or Christmas Bureau, in any of our 24-hour drop boxes
  • Or if you do happen to come by the credit union, we can take your donation that way as well. 


Please return gifts, unwrapped, to a UFirst branch nearest you, no later than December 15th, 2021. 


Please feel free to contact the Marketing Team with any questions you might have. 


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