The Holiday Tree Auction
Nothing gets families in the spirit of the Holidays more than setting up the Holiday Tree and hanging up all of our favorite decorations. Unfortunately, however, this is not a tradition for some local families; it’s just a dream. Twenty three years ago, United Way volunteers came up with an idea to help fulfil that dream and bring the Holidays into homes across our community.
With the help of workers from Child and Family Services we were able to identify families who were in need of a little holiday spirit. Companies and businesses came together to decorate trees specifically for each family, and purchased special gifts to go under each tree. At 6pm on auction night, all of the trees light up with decorations ranging from princesses and Disney babies to Tonka trucks and superheroes.
Scott Campbell from Fraser Auctions takes the floor and auctions each tree to the highest bidder, often raising upwards of $35,000 for United Way programs. Trees are then loaded into moving trucks, ready to meet their families!
Saturday morning, the small group of volunteers are ready to spread some Holiday love. One by one, trees, gifts and sometimes even food hampers are delivered to waiting families. Little ones see, what for some, is their first ever Holiday tree and presents to go under it just for them.
WHY DO WE DO THIS?
For the little ones who saw a sled come in their front door and could not wait to go outside and use it.
For the little girl gently holding each pink princess decoration on her tree with a smile that extends from ear to ear.
For the boy who launched himself into the arms of a volunteer when he saw her carry in a turkey.
For the Mom who hugs our delivery volunteers so tight it feels like she may never let go.
For the volunteers who leave these homes in tears, so moved by the excitement and astonishment expressed by these families.
For the businesses and their employees to know that their chosen family will get to bring out their tree and decorations for years to come.
This is what the Holidays are all about.