A new project, the Tree of Hope project, is geared toward helping Minot area families who were flooded celebrate Christmas. The project is spearheaded by the Minot area Evangelical Lutheran Church of America congregations. The churches are collecting new or gently used Christmas decorations and artificial trees to serve as symbols that friends, family, and God are at work as the community gets back on its feet.
Donated items should be delivered to First Lutheran Church in Minot Nov. 19 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Limited storage space does not allow for earlier delivery. Local individuals and families who lost their Christmas decorations during the flood, or who may not have access to them, are invited to attend the Tree of Hope Fair Nov. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Minot, to obtain decorations to bring the holiday spirit to their homes.
Those who don't have a holiday tree may enter into a drawing for one of many fully decorated artificial trees; the drawings will be held Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. All decorations and trees must be taken by the individuals or families by the conclusion of the Tree of Hope Fair.
Monetary gifts to help purchase artificial trees and decorations can be made through checks made out to FLC Tree of Hope and mailed to: First Lutheran Church, 120-5th Ave. NW, Minot, ND 58701. Monetary gifts should be received by Nov. 11 to allow for artificial tree and decoration purchases.
For more information about the Tree of Hope project, visit facebook.com/TreeOfHope.