"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
Next Giving Tree: Sunday - Oct. 6, 2019 @ 9:30pm EST
Giving Tree Focus: Northshire Abbey
Each of us knows what it's like to receive an unexpected gift. The thrill that someone cares enough to give something, be it their time or an item, makes a difference that can change our daily lives for the better. The gift is usually received with thanks and appreciation and a promise to pay the giver back in kind at some future date. All we ask is that the person repays what they've received by performing a random act of kindness for someone else they meet in their travels. Even if we do not receive the appreciation we feel our gift deserves, we have sown the seeds of generosity and hope they will flourish in the future.
What is the Giving Tree?
The Giving Tree is an active manifestation of the founding beliefs of Shadow of the Moon. We are making the world around us a better place to be. Together as a guild, we travel the lands of Azeroth to help others by giving out items or helping with quests. We never distribute gold, but focus on items we have crafted, purchased, or acquired via quests. Sometimes, we focus the event on others like those beginning their journey in a starting zone. Sometimes a Giving Tree event will focus on a member of our own family (ie. raising money for their mount, crating special items for them, etc.) We do this freely with no expectation of recognition or repayment.
How often is a Giving Tree held?
We schedule at least one Giving Tree event each week. The times will be announced on this website and within the guild info tab in the game. Or, just ask an officer.
Who can join a Giving Tree event?
Any member of our guild can join a Giving Tree run. Participation is not required. Nobody will judge you if you do not participate. We all give back in our ways, many of which may be behind the scenes.
What happens during a Giving Tree?
It depends on many things. Is the event for a guild family member? Is the event for a specific person or another guild? Or, is the event focused on players in starting areas. For example, let's say we are focused on helping beginning players. As a guild, we gather at the gates of one of the Alliance's original main cities: Stormwind, Ironforge, or Darnassus. We then travel as a group to the beginning areas for that city, greeting those we meet and giving out the items we've brought with us. After completing the areas for the first city, we move on to the others until all have been visited or we have exhausted our supply of items.
How long does a Giving Tree event take?
To participate in a complete Giving Tree event usually takes about an hour. A commitment to attend the entire event is not a requirement for participation. Any time you are able to give is beneficial and much appreciated.
What if I can't attend?
You can still take part! Through donations of items and materials, you still show your commitment to the ideals of the Guild. The host of the event will be glad to distribute your contributions to those attending so that your generosity can benefit those we seek to help.
What kinds of items and materials are needed?
Again, it depends on the focus of the event. Typically, we visit areas where people are just starting out so things useful to those of levels 1-10 are generally what we bring along in visitng starting areas. This includes: bags of all sizes, armor, armor kits, weapons, potions, jewelry, enchantments, raw materials for crafting, etc. Crafted items as well as ones you may have picked up in your travels are all welcome. We never give out gold or any amount of coin during these events.
I don't have anything to bring! Can I still participate?
Of course! Even if you have not been able to collect items on your own there is usually a surplus and those who have more than they can carry are usually willing to share. Also, you might be able to help someone with a quest. Or, you can just stand by and heal/support those that run into trouble. Or, you can just stop someone and ask them how they are doing. There are so many ways we can give.
Can I volunteer to host a run?
Please! Yes, we need volunteers. If you want to be the lead, let an officer know.