Tree fundraiser at Eagle Wings Community Fellowship starts Nov. 24

The Buy a Tree Change a Life Christmas tree event at Eagles Wings Community Fellowship will begin Friday, Nov. 24, said Kelly Taney.

The event raises money for Project Ignite Lite, an organization that provides backpacks filled with necessities such as a fleece blanket, a tooth brush, toothpaste, pajamas and a book for children who are taken into foster care, and a national organization called People for Care and Learning, based in Cambodia, that supports orphanages and sustainable farming.

Taney said the church hopes to double the number of live Christmas trees that are sold this year. It will also sell live wreaths this year. It will be under a bigger tent. Last year about $4,000 profit was made, all donated to charity.

“I would expect we would make much more than last year,” said Taney. “…Hopefully double what we made last year.”

All profits will be donated to charities.

Trees and wreaths will be sold in the Eagles Wings Community Fellowship Lot from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 24, Black Friday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 25. There will also be a children’s event on Nov. 25 in the tent from noon to 6 p.m., with games and face painting. On Sunday, Nov. 26, trees and wreaths will be sold between noon and 6 p.m. On weekdays, from Monday, Nov. 27 to Friday, Dec. 1, the hours of operation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 2, trees and wreaths will be sold from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 3, they will be sold from noon to 6 p.m. or “until the trees are sold out.”

There will be Christmas carolers at the site on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Anyone interested in being part of the caroling should call Shalonda Schrader at 389-0802 or the Eagle Wings Community Fellowship at 839-9979.

U.S. senator candidate Tom Campbell will be at the site at 5 p.m. on Nov. 25.

Taney said last year many families who didn’t want a tree for themselves purchased one and gave it to a military family. More than 20 trees were purchased for military families and the church group plans to do the same thing this year to support military families. In addition, the church will sell a 10-foot to 11-foot tree that will go to the Minot Fire Department. The business that purchases this tree will be recognized on social media for their support. A 5-foot to 6-foot tree will be available to donate to the Minot Domestic Violence Crisis Center and that purchaser will also get social recognition.

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