The 2019 Christmas Tree Sale
On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, about a dozen volunteers from 6th grade to 60 years old worked in the freezing rain, hauling 400 fir trees off a loaded tractor trailer. A job that would have otherwise taken all morning and into early afternoon was completed in less than an hour! That energy and enthusiasm would turn out to be the spirit of the next several weekends.
This year, we introduced some new elements to the tree sale. We offered coffee and hot chocolate, and even set up a Christmas-themed photo booth for families who wanted a picture with their 2019 family Christmas tree! Families took advantage, and many posted their photos to social media with hashtags like #ChristmasTree and tagged Church of the Good Samaritan. Our rock star team of volunteers brought smiling faces and Christmas cheer to everyone who came looking for that special tree. Every time I turned around, someone was pulling trees out for families to inspect and compare or tying them on the roof of cars. The energy and enthusiasm of the event never abated. With that in mind, we should not have been surprised when our stock was all gone.
We had originally planned for the tree sale to be open for three consecutive weekends. However, by 2:30pm on Sunday of the second weekend, we were sold out! All of our trees had left the lot! We were astounded at the turn out of folks coming to get a tree and support the HELPS ministry, and in awe of God’s goodness.
2019 was my first year being so intimately involved with this annual event, and I had not been aware of just how special the Christmas Tree sale is. It is a joy to participate in the annual tradition and memory making of our neighbors and their families. Not only that, but we get to share all that the HELPS ministry does in our own backyard. Many folks said to me “I come here for my tree every year because I know that this will help our neighbors.”
I cannot think of a better way to usher in the season of Advent and anticipate Christmas than to reflect the love of Christ both in the helping with loading a Christmas tree, and in sharing with others the work the Body of Christ is doing in serving those in need in our own backyard.
Thank you to everyone who made the tree sale possible. Thank you to those who came out for a tree and to support the HELPS ministry and thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who made this possible. The Christmas Tree Sale could not have happened without you.
May the peace of Christ be with you all, and Merry Christmas.