YMCA Christmas Giving Tree's facing record demand

The program has already broken it's previous request record before the end of November.

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The YMCA Giving Tree at the Fercho branch in Fargo.
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FARGO — The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties is once again holding it's annual Christmas Giving Tree event, where families in need can request a tag be put up on a tree to request holiday gifts at either the Fercho or Schlossman branches of the YMCA in Fargo.

But this year, there are more tags on those trees than ever before.

YMCA Annual Campaign and Development Director Ashleigh Brown said that last year was a record-breaking year for the program, but that this year is already bigger.

"Last year we had our highest number of participants for a Christmas Giving Tree ever. That was just over 1,100. As of last Friday, we passed last year's numbers of registrants," Brown said.

Those in need have until the end of November to submit a request, so those numbers could grow even further.


Those looking to donate can go up to one of the trees and take a tag and purchase the desired items. Items are to be brought back to the YMCA. No gift wrapping is required.

For more information about the program, visit

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