In 2021, Giving Tree helped support 4,460 children from migrant schools in Shanghai and village schools in Yunnan. Gift bags filled with essential items were sent to 4 schools in Shanghai and 5 schools in Yunnan. We are thankful to everyone who helped support the 2021 Giving Tree Program. The work of Giving Tree is far reaching and would not be possible without the combined efforts of our donor organizations, supporters, volunteers and staff.

In 2022, we will work to maximize our impact and continue to  help those who need it most. This year Giving Tree aims to go beyond the bag, be brave, purposeful and engaging. To accomplish this, Giving Tree needs your support, we hope you’ll join us.

If you are interested in giving back and getting involved with Giving Tree in 2022 please email us at

givingtree@communitycenter.cn

Scan the QR code below to watch a brief video-recap of the 2021 Giving Tree program:

You can also support Giving Tree by purchasing a set of Giving Tree Greeting Cards.

Each of these beautifully illustrated cards was hand drawn by a Giving Tree recipient and represents a unique story. The cards can be purchased directly from CCS Pudong and Minhang offices or by emailing givingtree@communitycenter.cn. Price is only 50RMB per set with all proceeds going towards the Giving Tree program.

Bring It Back to the Book

The Giving Tree Charity is named after the famous children’s book, The Giving Tree, which was written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. The story follows the lives and relationship of a boy and an apple tree. If you haven’t read the book yet, or are looking for a refresher, there is a link below to a video of the story:

Throughout the story there are multiple themes present and many different interpretations have stemmed from this. The key messages that have inspired our Giving Tree Charity are as follows:

It’s not about giving to takers, we should give in ways that nurture more giving

Inspire others to pay it forward

Giving doesn’t have to be a sad act of sacrifice or something you have to do at your own expense

It can be joyous and something you choose to do for the benefit of others

This is what Giving Tree is all about – Giving in a way that nurtures more giving! We hope you’ll join the movement and help us support those who need it most.


Love Letters to Shanghai Migrant Kids During Lock Down 2022

Just like all the school kids in our community, our Giving Tree kids from Shanghai Migrant Schools have started online learning since Mid-March. In this difficult 2022 spring lockdown, we all need something positive to focus on. How about writing a love letter or creating a piece of artwork to the Shanghai Migrant Kids? 

Since March, Community Center Shanghai (CCS) has been providing a platform for the community to share their love letter/artwork to the Shanghai Migrant Kids.

In this letter/artwork, we encourage these kids to overcome the challenges and go through this online learning journey smoothly.  It has been a great opportunity for the families to be involved – given them this platform to connect to this amazing Charity initiative and do what they can to help others. 


Good Books for a Good Cause


The Community Center Shanghai’s Pudong Center is accepting book donations for its Used Book Library. We sell these books for 10 RMB each, although people are also free to bring in books and exchange them for others on the shelf. Proceeds from book sales benefit Giving Tree.

Questions? Please email givingtree@communitycenter.cn


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