Tree of Dreams

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH TO CHILDREN

Local hospital outreach & global missions outreach

On behalf of Pastors Gregory and Grace Dickow, we wanted to thank you for being a part of our Christmas outreach experience by sponsoring a child’s gift this holiday.

We have the beautiful opportunity to bring Christmas to kids who, due to health reasons, will be in the hospital this Christmas season, and we are also providing gifts for children from low-income families throughout the Chicagoland area. As a Global Church, we are also providing financial support to our Family of Churches, in order to bless the children in their communities this holiday season. We are partnered with Ministries in Ukraine, Peru, India, Guatemala, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. 🌍 To give, click here.

To sponsor a child, click one of the ornaments on our 🎄Tree of Dreams and read their story. Once you choose a child to shop for, fill out the form for next steps. If you’re a part of our global family in another city or country, but would like to bless a child this Christmas, simply click here to donate and follow the prompts. Our Christmas elves will purchase, wrap, and deliver a gift on your behalf for all local kids. The sponsored families are truly grateful for our support this Christmas. Our ministry partners in the countries above will be distributing gifts on our behalf. We are so thankful for you! 🎁

GIFT DROP OFF DETAILS

Once you choose a child to sponsor and receive the confirmation email, have fun shopping! Once your 🎁 present is wrapped, please drop off at one of our campuses this Sunday, December 11, before or after our 10:30AM service. If you need a couple more days, you can drop off Monday, December 12 - Thursday, December 15 at our Hoffman Estates Campus, anytime between 9am - 5:30pm on week days. If you attend our Chicago Campus, we encourage all gifts to be returned by Sunday, December 11. Thank you so much for your generosity! ♥️

Hoffman Estates Campus

2500 Beverly Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

Sunday, December 4 - Sunday, December 11

Monday - Friday | 9AM - 5:30PM

Sunday | 8AM - 12PM

Chicago Campus

1337 W 15th Street, Chicago, IL 60608

Sunday, December 4 | 8AM - 12PM

Thursday, December 8 | 9AM - 2PM

Sunday, December 11 | 8AM - 12PM

Tree of Dreams Children

We are celebrating that all kids below have been sponsored! Read their stories below.

Noah

Code: 1.1

Age: 7

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Transformers

Clothing Size: 10

Story: Noah and his family are strong and resiliant. Noah is 7 years old, and lives with his mother Datavia, his grandmother, and his older sister. Datavia cut her college education short after 2 years, to come home and take care of Noah. In 2020, their house burned down during the pandemic and Datavia’s uncle passed away from Covid a month after. The family went through a depression for at least a year trying to get back on track. Datavia is still praying and hoping for her mom to break free from depression, so they can get back to normal life, having family outings like they used to. Datavia is hopeful and strong, and knows that God is keeping her family standing. Noah has had challenges in his academics and when the pandemic came, it threw him back in progress. Noah is now aiming to get above average in reading and math, and is striving to be more sociable. Noah loves to absorb information, he’s an outgoing, lovable boy and his imagination is so huge! He can take apart anything and rebuild it into something new. This family is so grateful for our support this Christmas season.

Overcoming: Be more sociable

SPONSORED

Eric

Code: 2.1

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Gift Card

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Eric is one of four kids. Eric’s mom Jennifer had a rough start in life, but is optimistic for the future. She is grateful and hopeful. Jennifer has struggled with long-term depression and feeling overwhelmed from losing two of her brothers and a very close friend, among other life events that have hit them, all in a short span of time. This loss effected the kids, and it has shown in school and other places. The kids have difficulty being able to play outside due to the violence in their neighborhood. Jennifer just wants to make her boys smile and is so grateful for our support this Christmas.

Overcoming: Not being able to go outside and play because of violence in the neighborhood

SPONSORED

Emajay

Code: 2.2

Age: 9

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Gift Card

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Emajay is one of four kids. Their mom, Jennifer, had a rough start in life, but is optimistic for the future. She is grateful and hopeful. Jennifer has struggled with long-term depression and feeling overwhelmed from losing two of her brothers and a very close friend, among other life events that have hit them, all in a short span of time. This loss effected the kids, and it has shown in school and other places. The kids have difficulty being able to play outside due to the violence in their neighborhood. Jennifer just wants to make her boys smile and is so grateful for our support this Christmas.

Overcoming: Not being able to go outside and play because of violence in the neighborhood

SPONSORED

Erie

Code: 2.3

Age: 8

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Star wars action figure

Clothing Size: Size 10/12tops, 10 jeans

Story: Erie is one of four kids. Their mom, Jennifer, had a rough start in life, but is optimistic for the future. She is grateful and hopeful. Jennifer has struggled with long-term depression and feeling overwhelmed from losing two of her brothers and a very close friend, among other life events that have hit them, all in a short span of time. This loss effected the kids, and it has shown in school and other places. The kids have difficulty being able to play outside due to the violence in their neighborhood. Jennifer just wants to make her boys smile and is so grateful for our support this Christmas.

Overcoming: Not being able to go outside and play because of violence in the neighborhood

SPONSORED

Emarion

Code: 2.4

Age: 4

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Toys

Clothing Size: 5t

Story: Emarion is one of four kids. Their mom, Jennifer, had a rough start in life, but is optimistic for the future. She is grateful and hopeful. Jennifer has struggled with long-term depression and feeling overwhelmed from losing two of her brothers and a very close friend, among other life events that have hit them, all in a short span of time. This loss effected the kids, and it has shown in school and other places. The kids have difficulty being able to play outside due to the violence in their neighborhood. Jennifer just wants to make her boys smile and is so grateful for our support this Christmas.

Overcoming: Not being able to go outside and play because of violence in the neighborhood

SPONSORED

Edward

Code: 3.1

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Portable hand air pump with a Presta valve, Target gift card, Xbox gift card

Clothing Size: Men Small/Medium

Story: Edward was first diagnosed with Alopecia when he was 12 years old. After 6 months of running tests on him, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and since then he has been fighting high blood sugar levels. Edward is one of 6 children ( 4 biological / 1 adopted / 1 foster child ). This family loves each other deeply and fights different struggles everyday. Edward’s 11-year-old sister has learning disabilities. She can’t retain information, but has been doing good in school since she got her IEP set up. Edward’s 3-year-old brother has delayed development, but he’s a wonderful and happy child waiting for everything to go through with DCFS, so his mom can officially adopt him. Edward’s 18 year old sister is in her 1st year of college, and his 20-and-25-year-old sisters live on their own. Their family is so grateful for our support this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Anuel

Code: 3.2

Age: 3

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Lego toys & cars

Clothing Size: 4t

Story: Anuel’s brother, Edward, was first diagnosed with Alopecia when he was 12 years old. Anuel is one of 6 children ( 4 biological / 1 adopted / 1 foster child ). This family loves each other deeply and fights different struggles everyday. Anuel also has delayed development, but he’s a wonderful and happy child waiting for everything to go through with DCFS, so his mom can officially adopt him. Their family is so grateful for our support this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Evelyn

Code: 3.3

Age: 11

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Jewelry & Lip Gloss

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Evelyn’s brother Edward was first diagnosed with Alopecia when he was 12 years old. Evelyn is one of 6 children ( 4 biological / 1 adopted / 1 foster child ). This family loves each other deeply and fights different struggles everyday. Evelyn has learning disabilities. She can’t retain information, but has been doing good in school since she got her IEP set up. Their family is so grateful for our support this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Kevin

Code: 4.1

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Gift Cards

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: I have 2 amazing children! My son is a senior in high school headed to college soon. He enjoys basketball and video games. We have been through a lot but we are so grateful for your support this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Kaelei

Code: 4.2

Age: 4

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Dolls & Coloring Books

Clothing Size: 5t

Story: I have 2 amazing children! My daughter is 4 and she loves tea parties, dress-up and coloring! We have been through a lot but we are so grateful for your support this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Ashanti

Code: 5.1

Age: 15

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Jewelry

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Ashanti is 1 of 4 kids, and she loves to dance. Her mom is boldly dedicated to overcoming the challenges of raising her 4 kids as a single mom. This family is so grateful for our help.

SPONSORED

Octavia

Code: 5.2

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Jewelry

Clothing Size: 18

Story: Octavia is 1 of 4 kids. Her mom is boldly dedicated to overcoming the challenges of raising her 4 kids as a single mom. This family is so grateful for our help.

SPONSORED

Keamarion

Code: 5.3

Age: 11

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Basketball Rim

Clothing Size: 10

Story: Keamarion is 1 of 4 kids. His mom is boldly dedicated to overcoming the challenges of raising her 4 kids as a single mom. This family is so grateful for our help.

SPONSORED

Malaysia

Code: 5.4

Age: 8

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Animated Toys

Clothing Size: 8

Story: Malaysia is 1 of 4 kids. Her mom is boldly dedicated to overcoming the challenges of raising her 4 kids as a single mom. This family is so grateful for our help.

SPONSORED

Jalea

Code: 6.1

Age: 13

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Nail Kit Sets & Sports-Bras

Clothing Size: 12

Story: We had a death in our family from Covid & we had a fire this year and lost almost everything. So we can really use all the help we can get. We just want to say thank you in advance for your support this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Jolalah

Code: 6.2

Age: 6

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Fidgets

Clothing Size: 12

Story: We had a death in our family from Covid & we had a fire this year and lost almost everything. So we can really use all the help we can get. We just want to say thank you in advance for your support this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Ashari

Code: 7.1

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Pajamas or a gift card

Clothing Size: 11 in pants and 8.5 in shoes

Story: Ashari is slowly overcoming the fact that her mother been sick for the past two years, fighting cancer. Ashari has handled it better than expected. She has also just lost her paternal grandmother and she is being really strong right now. Her mom says, “I really admire how strong she is.” Our family has been going through so much these past few months and I think a Christmas gift would be awesome for my kids because we are having some financial struggles as well! Thank you so much!

SPONSORED

Rayne

Code: 8.1

Age: 5

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Socks & Gloves

Clothing Size: 10/12

Story: Rayne’s mom is a single parent in Chicago, and says her daughter is her breath of fresh air that keeps her going: she’s very energized, loving, and smart. Rayne and her mom wish they could move around as they would like and play outside, but because of the violence in their neighborhood, it’s not safe. They make due regardless, and they are so grateful for our generosity this season.

SPONSORED

Armani

Code: 9.1

Age: 12

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Nail Polish Kit and Amazon Gift Card

Clothing Size: 14/16

Story: Armani is learning to rise above bullying at school. Her mom is single parent of 3, working long hours to keep afloat with bills and often doesn’t get to see her kids. Armani and her siblings need their mom on a daily basis for food and transportation. It’s hard, but they maintain and are so grateful for our help. This family says: “This is a blessing and GOD BLESS you all.

SPONSORED

Travaghun

Code: 9.2

Age: 9

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Action Figures and Sonic the Hedgehog toys

Clothing Size: 16/18

Story: Travaghun’s mom is a single parent of 3, working long hours to keep afloat with bills and often doesn’t get to see her kids. Travaghun and his siblings need their mom on a daily basis for food and transportation. It’s hard, but they maintain and are so grateful for our help. This family says: “This is a blessing and GOD BLESS you all.

SPONSORED

Zyere

Code: 9.3

Age: 10

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Basketball and Kobe Bryant Lamp Stand

Clothing Size: 10/12 kids

Story: Zyere’s mom is a single parent of 3, working long hours to keep afloat with bills and often doesn’t get to see her kids. Zyere and his siblings need their mom on a daily basis for food and transportation. It’s hard, but they maintain and are so grateful for our help. This family says: “This is a blessing and GOD BLESS you all.”

SPONSORED

Legend

Code: 9.4

Age: 3

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Dinosaurs Collection

Clothing Size: 5t

Story: Legend’s mom is a single parent of 3, working long hours to keep afloat with bills and often doesn’t get to see her kids. Legend and his siblings need their mom on a daily basis for food and transportation. It’s hard, but they maintain and are so grateful for our help. This family says: “This is a blessing and GOD BLESS you all.”

SPONSORED

Micah

Code: 11.1

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Walmart Card

Clothing Size: Juniors

Story: Micah is currently battling lupus, seizures, and is on dialysis. Micah’s mom is a foster parent of 22 years, living in Chicago. She takes care of special-needs children, most of them teenagers. She has a big heart for these kids and considers herself like their mother.

SPONSORED

Kemajae

Code: 11.2

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Gift Card

Clothing Size: Junior 14

Story: Kemajae’s little sister is currently battling lupus, seizures, and is on dialysis. His mom is a foster parent of 22 years, living in Chicago. She takes care of special-needs children, most of them teenagers. She has a big heart for these kids and considers herself like their mother.

SPONSORED

Kayden

Code: 30.1

Age: 5

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: He loves Fortnite

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Kayden had to have a kidney transplant. He is overcoming Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) which is a form of chronic lung disease. He has Tracheostomy and is fed by G tube. His family is so grateful for our support this Christmas!

Overcoming: Kidney transplant, pulmonary dysplasia (has trach), fed by G tube

SPONSORED

Aisha

Code: 30.2

Age: 8

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: She loves Anime

Clothing Size: 8

Story: Aisha’s brother, Kayden, is in the hospital because he had to have a kidney transplant. He is overcoming Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) which is a form of chronic lung disease. He has Tracheostomy and is fed by G tube. His family is so grateful for our support this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Skyler

Code: 31.1

Age: 2

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Cocomelon bath set

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Skyler was born at 24 weeks and diagnosed with brain damage that caused her to have chronic lung disease, eating disorder, heart murmur, hearing loss, and eye problems. It’s a challenge every day but we just keep going. It gets hard to afford all her special foods and living expenses but we are hopeful and grateful. We are a family of 7 and we are very blessed and enjoy each other’s company. We had many trials and tribulations, but nothing we can’t overcome together. This year has been very hard because of Skyler’s condition – we weren’t going to even celebrate Christmas this year because we couldn’t afford it so thank you guys so much for your support!

SPONSORED

Avery

Code: 31.2

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Target gift card or Roblox gift card

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Avery’s sister, Skyler, was born at 24 weeks and diagnosed with brain damage that caused her to have chronic lung disease, eating disorder, heart murmur, hearing loss, and eye problems. It’s a challenge every day but we just keep going. It gets hard to afford all her special foods and living expenses but we are hopeful and grateful. We are a family of 7 and we are very blessed and enjoy each other’s company. We had many trials and tribulations, but nothing we can’t overcome together. This year has been very hard because of Skyler’s condition – we weren’t going to even celebrate Christmas this year because we couldn’t afford it so thank you guys so much for your support!

SPONSORED

Kyana

Code: 31.3

Age: 10

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Bratz Dolls

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Kyana’s sister, Skyler, was born at 24 weeks and diagnosed with brain damage that caused her to have chronic lung disease, eating disorder, heart murmur, hearing loss, and eye problems. It’s a challenge every day but we just keep going. It gets hard to afford all her special foods and living expenses but we are hopeful and grateful. We are a family of 7 and we are very blessed and enjoy each other’s company. We had many trials and tribulations, but nothing we can’t overcome together. This year has been very hard because of Skyler’s condition – we weren’t going to even celebrate Christmas this year because we couldn’t afford it so thank you guys so much for your support!

SPONSORED

Niah

Code: 31.4

Age: 3

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Dolls

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Niah’s sister, Skyler, was born at 24 weeks and diagnosed with brain damage that caused her to have chronic lung disease, eating disorder, heart murmur, hearing loss, and eye problems. It’s a challenge every day but we just keep going. It gets hard to afford all her special foods and living expenses but we are hopeful and grateful. We are a family of 7 and we are very blessed and enjoy each other’s company. We had many trials and tribulations, but nothing we can’t overcome together. This year has been very hard because of Skyler’s condition – we weren’t going to even celebrate Christmas this year because we couldn’t afford it so thank you guys so much for your support!

SPONSORED

Ameris

Code: 31.5

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Gift Card

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Ameris’ sister, Skyler, was born at 24 weeks and diagnosed with brain damage that caused her to have chronic lung disease, eating disorder, heart murmur, hearing loss, and eye problems. It’s a challenge every day but we just keep going. It gets hard to afford all her special foods and living expenses but we are hopeful and grateful. We are a family of 7 and we are very blessed and enjoy each other’s company. We had many trials and tribulations, but nothing we can’t overcome together. This year has been very hard because of Skyler’s condition – we weren’t going to even celebrate Christmas this year because we couldn’t afford it so thank you guys so much for your support!

SPONSORED

Alijah

Code: 31.6

Age: 10

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Game Card

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Alijah’s sister, Skyler, was born at 24 weeks and diagnosed with brain damage that caused her to have chronic lung disease, eating disorder, heart murmur, hearing loss, and eye problems. It’s a challenge every day but we just keep going. It gets hard to afford all her special foods and living expenses but we are hopeful and grateful. We are a family of 7 and we are very blessed and enjoy each other’s company. We had many trials and tribulations, but nothing we can’t overcome together. This year has been very hard because of Skyler’s condition – we weren’t going to even celebrate Christmas this year because we couldn’t afford it so thank you guys so much for your support!

SPONSORED

Tyjuan

Code: 32.1

Age: 9

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Nerf gun or Roblox Gift Card

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: We are a small family of 7 who just lost our mom to domestic violence. She left behind 3 beautiful grandchildren and 4 beautiful children who miss her deeply. I am the oldest which I am 23 and I’m struggling to make ends meet. It will be very well appreciated with anything that is given. Thank you so much for blessing our family this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Italy

Code: 32.2

Age: 1

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Baby learning toys

Clothing Size: 12 months

Story: We are a small family of 7 who just lost our mom to domestic violence. She left behind 3 beautiful grandchildren and 4 beautiful children who miss her deeply. I am the oldest which I am 23 and I’m struggling to make ends meet. It will be very well appreciated with anything that is given. Thank you so much for blessing our family this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Amir

Code: 32.3

Age: 1

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Baby learning toys

Clothing Size: 12-18 months

Story: We are a small family of 7 who just lost our mom to domestic violence. She left behind 3 beautiful grandchildren and 4 beautiful children who miss her deeply. I am the oldest which I am 23 and I’m struggling to make ends meet. It will be very well appreciated with anything that is given. Thank you so much for blessing our family this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Kylyn

Code: 32.4

Age: 2

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Learning toys

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: We are a small family of 7 who just lost our mom to domestic violence. She left behind 3 beautiful grandchildren and 4 beautiful children who miss her deeply. I am the oldest which I am 23 and I’m struggling to make ends meet. It will be very well appreciated with anything that is given. Thank you so much for blessing our family this Christmas!

SPONSORED

Lliana

Code: 33.1

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Wireless Headphones

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Lliana was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2020, which means that her heart doesn’t function properly. Iliana’s heart is also bigger than it’s supposed to be, and was diagnosed with high pressure in her lungs. There have been many complications with her health for the past 2 years and many entries and exits from the hospital. We have had to be in the hospital for many weeks at a time and the groups of doctors that were working at the hospital started to talk frequently about the heart and double lung transplant. The relapse of Iliana’s condition has been difficult not only for her but for the whole family too. It has been the toughest years my family has been through. Just recently, Iliana has finally been approved for a heart and double lung transplant list. We know it won’t be easy for Iliana or the whole family for what has to come but as a family united together, we’ll get through this. Iliana is the strongest person that I know – she wakes up every day and continues to fight. I’m thankful for those that are helping our family. I’m especially grateful for the prayers, love, and support. THANK YOU!

SPONSORED

Yuleidi

Code: 33.2

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Bath and body works gift card

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Yuleidi’s sister, Iliana, was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension on April 22, 2020, which means that her heart doesn’t function properly. Iliana’s heart is also bigger than it’s supposed to be, and she was also diagnosed with high pressure in the lungs. There have been many complications with her health, for almost 2 years. Many entries and exits from the hospital. Since that moment there have been multiple studies and many conversations with the doctors about lianas condition. Until the topic of the transplant was provided for us in the future. As time went by, there were more visits to the emergency room. We had to be in the hospital for many weeks or days at a time and the groups of doctors that were working at the hospital started to talk frequently about the heart and double lung transplant. During the course, it has been very difficult. The relapse of Iliana has been difficult not only for her but for the whole family too. It has been the toughest years my family has been through.
We have lived very difficult moments in our life filled with always being worried about Iliana’s health. It has been almost two years and in June 2021 they gave us the news that Iliana has been approved for the evaluation in the hospital of Saint Louis Missouri for the heart and double lung transplant. It has been a long way but we have been approved for the transplant list. We know it won’t be easy for Iliana or the whole family for what has to come. But the prayers of God and as a family united together we’ll get through this and support Iliana at all times. I also wanted to add that Iliana is the strongest person that I know. I am glad that she wakes up every day and continues to fight. The doctors and nurses have been so kind and helpful to me and my family. I’m thankful for the people that are helping our family in so many ways. I’m grateful for the prayers, love, and support.

SPONSORED

Jasmin

Code: 33.3

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Bath and body works

Clothing Size: N/A

Story: Jasmin’s sister, Iliana, was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension on April 22, 2020, which means that her heart doesn’t function properly. Iliana’s heart is also bigger than it’s supposed to be, and she was also diagnosed with high pressure in the lungs. There have been many complications with her health, for almost 2 years. Many entries and exits from the hospital. Since that moment there have been multiple studies and many conversations with the doctors about lianas condition. Until the topic of the transplant was provided for us in the future. As time went by, there were more visits to the emergency room. We had to be in the hospital for many weeks or days at a time and the groups of doctors that were working at the hospital started to talk frequently about the heart and double lung transplant. During the course, it has been very difficult. The relapse of Iliana has been difficult not only for her but for the whole family too. It has been the toughest years my family has been through.
We have lived very difficult moments in our life filled with always being worried about Iliana’s health. It has been almost two years and in June 2021 they gave us the news that Iliana has been approved for the evaluation in the hospital of Saint Louis Missouri for the heart and double lung transplant. It has been a long way but we have been approved for the transplant list. We know it won’t be easy for Iliana or the whole family for what has to come. But the prayers of God and as a family united together we’ll get through this and support Iliana at all times. I also wanted to add that Iliana is the strongest person that I know. I am glad that she wakes up every day and continues to fight. The doctors and nurses have been so kind and helpful to me and my family. I’m thankful for the people that are helping our family in so many ways. I’m grateful for the prayers, love, and support.

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