POINT PLEASANT — The second annual Light of Christmas Tree Project will return to light up downtown and provide toys for several, local children.
Schools, businesses, churches, organizations, groups, clubs and individuals, all stepped up last year to place a tree at Gunn Park at Christmas, as a part of the project which benefits the Mason County Toys for Kids Association. It costs only $20 to place the tree at the park for the Christmas season. “Themed” trees are encouraged.
Here’s how it works:
Each school, business, church, organization, individual, group or club is responsible for getting a real Christmas tree that is six to eight feet high, and to bring that tree to the designated area.
Decorations can be made or purchased.
Trees need to be brought to Gunn Park, Sunday, Nov. 27 between 2-4 p.m. There will be someone at the park to show you the location and help secure the tree. Tree location is on a first come, first served basis.
Your responsibilities include: LED lights, securing decorations to the tree, attaching a sign to the tree stating its purpose and/or business/group name, and supplying an outdoor extension cord for hook up. Note: The tree and decorations will be in the elements for a month so weatherproof the decorations and tightly secure them with zip ties.
After Jan. 1, 2017 and before Jan. 8, 2017, you are responsible for taking any decorations off your tree that you would like to keep for another year, otherwise the tree will be disposed.
The lighting of the trees will take place after the Christmas parade and during the tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2 (the parade date may be changed to the following Friday, Dec. 9). The parade begins at 6 p.m., regardless of the date, and the lighting ceremony happens immediately afterward.
Brandy and Brandon Sweeney are behind the idea to bring the trees to downtown. Both are also on the toys for kids committee.
“My husband and I had this idea two years ago and we had decided we would make it happen,” Brandy said. “We want to bring a little light to others especially at Christmas. There is so much potential in this community and we wanted to do our part however small to make a difference. I was so pleased last year with the turnout and there were more trees then I anticipated.”
Brandy said the project affected her long after Christmas.
“It wasn’t until several months later, a woman approached me and said she did a tree in memory of her mother whom she had just recently lost,” Brandy explained. “As she told me this story, with tears in her eyes, she said it helped her tremendously get through the holidays and it meant so much to have something to celebrate her mom. One small project touched lives in ways that I never realized. I hope this year is even bigger and better. Please help us bring the light of Christmas to this amazing community.”
If you would like to participate, contact Brandy at 304-593-6055 or Brandon at 304-593-2071, to sign up as soon as possible for planning purposes.
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