Festival Of Trees Helps Bring Christmas To Needy Families

Starting November 30, a stroll through the La Posada Hotel and a secret bid could get you a fully decorated Christmas tree that doesn’t require watering.

The 4th Annual Festival of Trees conveys about 50 Christmas items into the hotel to raise money for needy families in the area.

Bob Hall, the Chairman of the Festival of Trees, explained the festival has been extended to a full week this year instead of the usual weekend. “A lot of people missed [the festival] because of Christmas shopping,” he said.

The festival displays all sorts of Christmas decorations including wreaths, tablecloths, wall hangings, yard decorations and, of course, trees. “There is no limitation on what you donate to the festival,” Hall added.

The items donated are placed throughout the interior of La Posada and are auctioned off through silent, written bids. The bids are kept secret until the event is over, so Hall advises bidding high if you really want an item.

The money raised by the auction is given to the Winslow Family Resource Center. The center uses the funds to purchase food, clothes and some gifts for needy families in the community. “The money stays local and it helps families have a Christmas that wouldn’t otherwise be able to,” Hall said.

Trees usually sell for around $150, wreaths bring in an average of $50, with wall and yard decorations bringing in up to $40 a piece. However, this year the bidding could go higher.

Hall is surprised every year at how creative people get with their items. “Every year it gets better and better,” he added.

Hall used to live in California where he would attend a Festival of Trees every year and when he moved to Winslow he brought the idea with him.

“It is just so fun to be there and see everyone walking around with a big smile on their faces,” he said.

The festival begins at 6 p.m. November 30 and closes at 5 p.m. December 9. People can walk through and look at the items any time the hotel lobby is open.

“Please don’t miss this event, make it a point to come over there and look, it’s a beautiful way to kick off the Christmas season,” Hall added.

If you would like to donate an item to the holiday fundraising auction, contact Bob Hall at 289-3138.

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