Make a donation to Shelter Island’s “Giving Tree”

In 2013 the "Mitten Tree" in the Havens Barn collected nearly 100 pairs of mittens for families serviced by The Retreat (Credit: The Shelter Island Historical Society).

In 2013, the “Mitten Tree” located in the Havens Barn collected nearly 100 pairs of mittens for families serviced by The Retreat (Credit: The Shelter Island Historical Society).

Celebrate the season of generosity by making a donation to the Giving Tree.

Located inside the Havens Barn at the Shelter Island Historical Society, the Giving Tree presents an opportunity to donate to those in need. For the third year in a row, the historical society is teaming up with The Retreat, an East Hampton organization that provides domestic violence services and education on the East End of Long Island. The Giving Tree is an opportunity for people to donate items in need to the agency.

From now until Dec. 6, people can stop by the Havens Store and choose an item(s) they wish to donate from The Retreat’s wish list. They will then shop for the item and drop the unwrapped gift at the Historical Society’s Holiday Open House taking place on Dec. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. Santa Claus will personally thank everyone who donates to the Giving Tree. You can also write put your name or a message on a specially decorated ornament to be displayed on the tree.

A representative from The Retreat will pick up the items and deliver them to families on Dec. 10. This year, The Retreat has a wish list for children and adults that includes items such as slippers, pajamas, toiletries, toys, games and more to bring a happy holiday to families in crisis on the East End.

“The Retreat is grateful to the Shelter Island Historical Society for its generosity in supporting us again this year through the Giving Tree,” said Loretta Davis, The Retreat’s executive director. “Our clients and their families are able to have a happier holiday season because of the kindness of the members of our community.”

If you would like to make a donation to the Giving Tree, but cannot attend the Historical Society’s Holiday Open House, you can still drop off your gift/donation at the Havens Store anytime before Dec. 6 during their regular office hours.

The Shelter Island Historical Society’s Havens Store is located at 16 South Ferry Road.  For more information, contact them at (631) 749-0025.