The Giving Tree

We are looking for a bountiful harvest of Sorrento Centre apples in 2024! Our hope is the tree bears lots and lots of red red fruit — eventually covered with apples, with people’s names on it.

The Giving Tree is the brain-child of our super creative Associate Director, Kathie MacDuff. When she joined the team it became clear that the various department managers around the centre had wishes and needs – things that they would like to have but could not come in under the budget. The wishlist included wonderful things like help with the bursary program and many other things like blankets and canopies, a digital camera, kitchen appliances, and many other random necessities.

The list was huge and varied, each item valued differently. How can we visually share this with friends of the Centre? Why, we are located right here on an old apple orchard. How perfect! The giving tree was dreamed up and then the amazingly talented fabric artist Darlene – who many of you know from our front office over many years – produced this beautiful quilted tree.

Watch the video to see close-ups of the amazing line and incredible thread work — truly a work of love. With the help of her daughter, they created a tree of leaves and we wrote our wishlist items on the leaves.

As our guests and associates and friends will come in and see the beautiful tree quilt hanging in the front reception office, they may be inspired to contribute! The leaf they choose will be replaced with a bright red apple with the donor’s name on it – or perhaps they may choose to make the donation in memory of someone special. So that person’s name will appear on the tree!

  • Some examples of items (leaves) found on the tree include: Adirondack Chairs, Beds, Billboards (Refurbish), Blankets, Canopy, Dishes and Cutlery, Fridge(s), Golf Cart Batteries, iPad (or similar), Outdoor Kitchen Fund, Program Bursary Fund, Sink (double), Stove, Vinyl Covered Foams etc.