Under the Tree 2011


Several years ago, my family and I adopted another family for the holidays in our hometown. The mother was in jail and the grandmother was doing her best to raise her grandchildren. As Christmas time approached, our family decided that we would go shopping for the grandmother and her two grandchildren. We had the best time ever.

Giving back to others who are less fortunate, in a way, gives you a sense of hope and a feeling of peace like no other. I think it has something to do with the fact that we give unselfishly, helping others who may have fallen on hard times. It fills our hearts with love and humility as we realize that not everyone is going to be able to sit around the Christmas tree opening presents at Christmas time.

For some, this upcoming season might paint a different picture. There are many struggling this year. That is why we plan on sprinkling some Christmas hope and joy out into the community, helping families in need, with our fourth annual Under The Tree program here at 5 Minutes for Mom.




Under the Tree is about getting some of that Christmas magic (bloggy style!) right to some families who need it!

And here is how we do it — with your help of course. :)

We will choose several families to sponsor this Christmas.

The wonderful companies who are taking part in our Christmas Giveaway 2011 are donating items for our sponsored families.

So, in addition to providing prizes for our readers to win by commenting on the individual reviews, the companies participating in the Christmas Giveaway 2011 are providing presents to these selected families who are in need this Christmas.

We are so blessed to partner with such generous companies.

We know there is so much need out there, especially in these difficult economic times, but through Under the Tree, we hope we can share the spirit of Christmas and ease the burden from some families who just don’t know how they will be able to provide presents for their children this Christmas.

How you can help?

If you know a family who will not be able to provide presents for their children this Christmas, please nominate them using the form located HERE.

Please leave personal information, such as last names, out of your nomination, but do include the number and ages of the children.

It’s going to be very tough narrowing the nominees down to just a few families. But due to the fact that we only have a limited number of gifts, we will have to make those hard decisions.

Since we do not want to disappoint anyone, please do not let the families know that you are nominating them. If we choose them, we will contact you to verify the details and then determine if the families want to accept the gifts.

Please note that we will also not post personal information about the families that we select. We’d like to keep it as private as possible.

We will do our best to match presents to children according to their age and gender, therefore the families we choose may be determined by the suitability of the gifts we have.

We will keep the nominations open until November 12th, 2011.

Please feel free to also post one of our Under The Tree buttons on your blog or site. Click here to get the button codes. We greatly appreciate you spreading the word and commenting here to show your support.

Your enthusiasm for Under the Tree and for the participating companies generosity helps pave the way for future projects!

THANK YOU for helping us transform these families’ holiday season into a time of blessing and excitement!


  1. says

    Hello Ladies, I just wanted to take a quick minute to say that I think you are awesome for doing this!! Last year you chose my kids to receive a few gifts and I can’t tell you how much we appreciated it. I will NEVER forget the helping hand you lent at a time when we were down and out. THANK YOU! (I blogged about the Under the Tree program today, I’m sure you will find families that will be extremely grateful)

    • Cathy says

      Um, is it too late to sign up for the giveaway and can a family sign themselves up or do they have to be signed up by someone else?

  2. says

    Hi Jennifer, this is really an amazing thing you are doing and I think the fact that you are spreading the word so early will give you the momentum you need. We have served homeless families on Thanksgiving, which was a blessing and an opportunity to have the conversation with my son about thinking of others. Great post, keep on writing!

  3. Vickie Couturier says

    I summited a family ,I hope it went through okay,,let me know if it didnt please they are a great family who really needs help for these 3 little boys


  4. Jaime,vronica says

    Im having trouble registering times are hard with losing our home. Trying to give my kids a good christmas is tough when its financially impossible. With 5 kids its hard :( please help

  5. Mozhay richmond says

    I’m also having a hard time when a friend refferred me here I thought great. This will be my daugthers frist Christmas nd u won’t be able get here anything but if you can give a lending hand please help me.

  6. Lisa Hill says

    I being trying every Christmas program there
    Is looking for help for my family everything seems to be closed. Could anybody contact me of program that I can help for the holiday. Thank u

  7. Jessica Siplin says

    Hi, I am the aunt to two wonderful boys. My nephews are dealing with Mom being in prison for the next 36 months. They are having a hard time dealing with the matter. Please help me give them a good Christmas this year. I’m doing best that I can to be there for them but times are hard. I just need a little help. Thanks A lot, Auntie Jessica


  1. […] Thank You For Putting Presents Under the Tree This Christmas The Christmas that went by in 2008 with no presents under the tree for my children was one of the most heartbreaking times of my life. It is one that I hope never gets repeated again. To think that there are families this Christmas dealing with this issue just breaks my heart. That is why I am so thankful for Under the Tree. […]

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