There’s something special about an evergreen tree this time of year.
In nature, they remain their vibrant green while many other trees take on their duller shades of fall. As we approach the Christmas season evergreens go indoors in many forms and sizes, everlasting or fresh from the earth.
They even serve many faiths in different ways for celebrations. For most Christians it is honoured as a Christmas Tree. The St. Matthias Anglican Community has sold trees as an annual fundraiser to begin our Advent season for a number of years now and it’s a tradition we enjoy sharing with the community.
It’s a wonderful thing to hear the stories from the countless volunteers who have enjoyed selling and sharing this tradition of trees. From the various selling techniques to the theories for finding the perfect tree (or how it finds you) we have heard and experienced the truly special moments of the advent season in the tree coral.
We are now entering our 3rd year of a new and welcome chapter to our tradition. After we departed our building, we found some willing partners in the Senior Youth Leadership Program at the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph with a perfect spot in their parking lot to set up a temporary tree coral. Our partnership means that 2 local groups directly benefit from the proceeds! This new partnership also allowed us to remain in the same area of the city so that our loyal supporters could find our famous “Christmas trees”.
It never would have become the old or new annual tradition if it wasn’t for the community support! It is wonderful to share the excitement of kids and adults who can’t help but feel joyous and happy while they find that special tree.
Promoting Community Spirit
We also promote 2 other great programs with our literature package.
The Children’s Foundation has their Trees for Tots program that will pick up your tree in January for a donation. They chip it and return it to the earth. What a full circle, eh! Their funds raised support kids and their families in many ways. Be sure to check out their website for more info!
The City of Guelph and the Volunteer Centre of Guelph-Wellington have developed a volunteer-based program that assists seniors and residents with a disability by removing the snow windrow. A windrow is a row of accumulated snow at the end of the driveway that is left when the streets are plowed following a heavy snow fall.
Snow Angels direct line: 519-822-1155
Please take this package of information when offered by your salesperson (or be sure ask for it) and share the info with someone else if you already know about all of these great groups. Thank you in advance.