The founder of the Giving Tree, Christalyn Concha, was given the vision soon after the “Free Box” closed down. Knowing that it was a great service to the people, but also wanted to address the issues of trash dumping, hoarding, and also make it very clean and organized, like a free thrift shop. Concha had recently began attending Taos Pentecostal Church of God and learned of the monthly food pantry that had previously given clothing as well. She asked other members if they would be interested in reviving it, but with consistent weekly hours, and more community outreach. Misty Ortiz, who had been running the food pantry, said it was an answer to prayer, she was needing some help, so together with the support of the Pastors John and Donna Roberts and other members, opened the doors just before Christmas in 2011.
What began with just 35 registrants the first week, grew to 674 households, in just over two years, serving over 1952 individuals including men, women, teens, elders and children.
In July 2014, The Giving Tree expanded to More Pieces, at 218 Paseo Del Canyon East, directly across from Taos Middle School. Together with Pieces owner Becky Holsinger formed an even larger clothing bank and combined with Good News Christian Fellowship to expand the Pantry, serving over 3,586 individuals!
In January 2016, The Giving Tree teamed up with Heart Dwellers, and through their generosity, provided our own location, just behind Subway! And in July expanded and opened the BassMint, in the basement of the GT, where all ages community Dance Gatherings are held and Interactive Learning in Djing, Music production and performance art are offered free of charge, for youth and young adults ages12-27.
In March 2017 The Giving Tree/The BassMint, formed a non-profit and 501(c)3 - Taos HOPE (Heart of Peaceful Expression). Currently the Giving Tree serves 3,474 individuals in Taos!
Volunteers and Donations are always welcome. Donations of gently used clothing, books, tools, household items, furniture, and unopened canned and non-perishable food are accepted during our open hours. Please don't leave donations outside. Volunteers are also welcome to drop in during open hours Wed-Friday 12:30p-2:30p, or call to schedule a shift 575-779-3440.
The Giving Tree is a community service, organized by volunteers, that is designed to accept and distribute clothing & other useful household items and food to the Taos Community and surrounding areas for free. Clothing and household items are given weekly Wednesday thru Friday 12:30-2:30p. And the last Wednesday of every month food bags are distributed to those in need 12-3:30p. First time visitors are required to fill out a short one-time registration form (one per household).
The Giving Tree is a non-profit 501(c)3 that is funded by the generous support of people and organizations in our community! All donations are tax deductible! Thank you for your support.
Located Behind Subway
1128-C Paseo Del Pueblo Sur next to Viva Sports