Tree of Lights Now in Place
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Prince George, B.C. – Once again, the good folks at Warmac Ventures in Prince George have delivered a tree that will sit atop the Coast Inn of the North during the Christmas season as part of the Salvation Army’s Christmas campaign.
The 60 foot, 5 thousand pound spruce, was harvested in the Crocker forest area in the Anzac region. Sterling Crane provided its services to raise the tree to the roof of the hotel at no charge.
This is the 29th year for the “Tree of Lights” and it has become a beacon for giving during the Christmas season, but its purpose will be different this year.
No longer will folks be called upon to buy a bulb that will will then be lit along the string of lights that weaves its way through the boughs. “This year, the tree will be a visual barometer of our entire fundraising campaign” says Salvation Army Business Manager Bill Glasgow. “It has been an icon on top of the Coast Inn of the North for 29 years now, we wanted to leave the tree there, but use it as a barometer for the campaign as a whole. So instead of having a Tree of Lights Campaign and Kettle Campaign, we will have just one campaign and show the results on how we’re doing every day.”
The change comes as a result of last year’s review on the Tree of Lights campaign which has been experiencing some challenges in reaching its goal.
The Salvation Army will kick off its campaign on Saturday, November 12th with a kick off breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon at the Coast Inn of the North.
There is another new element to the Salvation Army’s fundraising this year, Angel Trees. “We will have Christmas trees in some of the local stores and on the tree will be angels that have the age and sex of child and a suggestion for what might be an appropriate toy for that child” says Glasgow. That program is aimed at boosting the Christmas Hamper project.