Liberty Community Christmas Tree
About the Liberty Community Christmas Tree Program
The Liberty Community Christmas Tree (LCCT) Program is designed to lend a hand to families and older adults who are facing a difficult holiday season. This program is made possible by the countless volunteers and donors who help the Liberty Community Christmas Tree Commission raise funds and organize donations. A special thank you for the continued support from the Liberty Public School District and the City of Liberty.
In 2023, we were able to:
- Raise $71,800 through individual and business donations for gifts, perishable food items and other necessities.
- Increase the gift card amount for each child to $65.
- Provide food and/or gifts to 370 families with 940 children and 155 other adult households.
- Who can apply?
- Families residing within the Liberty (Missouri) School District boundaries: This includes families with children already enrolled in a Liberty School District school, as well as those families who homeschool but reside within the district.
- Applicants must have permanent residency within the school district: This means your primary residence must be physically located within the district boundaries.
- Applicants must be adults (18 years or older). Children 18 or older living with an applicant will be considered adults for application purposes.
- Only one application per household is allowed.
Click on the tabs below for more information about specific details of the Liberty Community Christmas Tree Program for 2024!
Sponsor a Family
Sponsoring a family is easy and Liberty Community Christmas Tree will provide you with a gift card for each child!
Each year more than 370 families and more than 150 other households apply for assistance from the Liberty Community Christmas Tree program.
Volunteers are needed to help shop for gifts for the families and deliver the gifts, along with boxes of food that are provided by LCCT, to the family. Sponsoring a family is easy!
Attend a shopper meeting to select a family. Families are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Meetings will be held on the following dates:
If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, please contact the LCCT program coordinator to make other arrangements.
Bring gifts with you to Heritage Hall (117 W. Kansas) to pick up the boxes of canned goods collected for the family on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Every year, each school in the Liberty Public School district as well as St. James School and other businesses in Liberty host a food drive for the Liberty Community Christmas Tree program. Tons of canned goods and paper products are collected.
Volunteers are needed to help sort the collected food and organize it for distribution. Due to the overwhelming response from volunteers over the last several years, policies have been implemented for efficiency as well as everyone's safety.
Food sorting will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Wednesday, Dec. 11. Please only sign up for one time slot.
Once all volunteer slots are filled, we will open a wait list. Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time to make the Liberty Community Christmas Tree Program possible.
Donate during the Holidays
Your donation to the Liberty Community Christmas Tree will make the holidays a little brighter for families, children and seniors who are facing difficult times.
Your gift today, whatever the amount, significantly impacts the lives of the disadvantaged in our community. $65 provides gifts for one child; $200 provides non perishable items plus turkey, eggs, milk and butter to one family.
Give a gift to the Liberty Community Christmas Tree in memory of a loved one or to honor a birthday, anniversary or other important occasion.
How to Donate
You can donate securely online by clicking the link below. You can also mail a check made out to:
Liberty Community Christmas Tree
1600 S. Withers Rd.
Liberty, MO 64068
The Liberty Community Christmas Tree Program relies on volunteers in a variety of ways:
- Sponsor a family - Sponsoring a family is easy and Liberty Community Christmas Tree will provide you with a gift card for each child! Volunteers are needed to help shop for gifts for the families and deliver the gifts, along with boxes of food that are provided by LCCT, to the family. Sponsoring a family is easy!
- Sort donated food - Food sorting will take place on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11. Sign ups will go live on Monday, Oct. 7. Please sign up for one time slot.
- Collect food as a group - All collected food items need to be brought to Heritage Hall on Monday, Dec. 9. Reach out to the program coordinator (LCCT@libertymo.gov) for more details.
- Deliver food to households without children - There are several senior participants who sign up and receive food through our program. Volunteers are called upon to deliver food to their homes on delivery day (Saturday, Dec. 14).
Liberty Community Christmas Tree Commission
- Amy Abbiatti, Chair (Term expires 5/1/2025)
- Mark McAuliffe (Term expires 5/1/2026)
- Rob Fisher (Term expires 5/1/2024)
- Michele Cronin (Term expires 5/1/2024)
- Cara O'Riley (Term expires 5/1/2026)
- Colleen Jones (Term expires 5/1/2024)
- Jamie Goodwin (Term expires 5/1/2025)
- Hank Pittman (Term expires 5/1/2025)
- Molly Casel (Term expires 5/1/2024)
- Mark VanMeter (Auxiliary Position)
Program Participant - “My wife and I are both disabled military veterans who are no strangers to hardships. The pandemic brought us even more challenges when my wife lost her job as a Paramedic and we lost are only source of income. We have weathered most of the storm but some sacrifices were made, specifically, Christmas presents for our children. We are so thankful that the program was able to provide us with relief in the form of food for an actual holiday meal (and additional meals) as well as the gifts donated so that our kids can have a bit of normalcy amongst all of our struggles. Seeing presents under the tree has given all of us a little more hope and we are so thankful for everything.”
Program Volunteer - “Our 6 children were so excited to adopt 3 families this year, 9 children in all. They picked kids close to their own ages for whom to shop. Shopping was chaotic at first, but overall they had fun and we're proud of their choices. They learned the value of a gift, and all the thought that goes behind buying one. They learned how hard it can be picking out things for people they did not know personally, while still wanting to make them happy. Even wrapping was done with extra thought and care to make these gifts special. I think their own gratitude will be all the more this year! My children (ages 5-16) enjoyed delivery day. It left a profound impact on me as a parent, how hard it must be for these families on the receiving end to struggle to provide a Christmas for their family. My kids' eyes were open to the face of poverty and struggle, and the importance of accepting others and valuing them as people, despite appearance or where they live. Encountering the gratitude of the adults in the homes where we delivered gifts was overwhelming. We met the toddlers we bought presents for, which made my shoppers excited. It was really a gift to us to bless these families, and filled our hearts all the more with the spirit of Christmas. I really couldn't ask for a better Christmas gift than doing this project with my family.”