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Nonprofit groups selling Christmas trees as fundraisers
Zack Thompson helps Jennifer Chadwick and son Fischer, 2, purchase a Christmas tree.

Three Dimensional Life

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15
Where: 4141 Old Cornelia Highway, Gainesville
Contact: 770-869-3551

Pro Touch Landscaping to benefit Challenged Child and Friends Inc.

When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Where: 1850 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Contact: 770-534-0041

Gainesville Evening Optimist Club

When: 11 a.m. until dark daily
Where: 1600 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Contact: OptimistTess@aol.c

There is just something special about a real live Christmas tree.

Maybe it’s the way each tree is unique, or maybe the fresh scent. Or maybe it’s knowing that the money you spent on the tree will go to help a good cause.

Several organizations are holding Christmas tree fundraisers this holiday season to benefit local nonprofit organizations.

Since 1956, the Gainesville Evening Optimist Club has held its annual Christmas tree fundraiser to help fund its youth scholarship competitions, youth golf tournament and various other activities.

The tree sale is the group’s only major fundraiser of the year, and is located at 1600 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. Trees cost approximately $10 a foot.

Teressa Glazer, past president of the club, said a lot of families in the area have been loyal to the tree sale.

“We have generations show up, adults whose parents brought them as children to get trees, and now they’re bringing their children and sometimes even their grandchildren, and it’s just the neatest thing,” Glazer said.

Cheryl Hughes, president of the club, said it couldn’t have set up the lot full of heavy Fraser firs without the help of Boy Scout Troop 221.

“They put this together in two hours, where it would have taken us two days to do this,” Hughes said, laughing.
For the second year, Pro Touch Landscaping is holding a Christmas tree fundraiser to benefit Challenged Child and Friends Inc.

“It’s another way for us to help besides a regular donation and it gets some more community awareness for Challenged Child and Friends to people when they come to get a tree,” said Zack Thompson, vice president of Pro Touch Landscaping.

The employees volunteer to staff the tree stand at 1850 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until it has sold out.

Thompson said they’ve been busy, even before the Thanksgiving holiday, which “was unusual.”

Premium quality Fraser firs start at $35 and range from 5 to 10 feet tall. Employees also sell wreaths and stands and will cut the bottom of a tree to fit in a stand if requested. Special orders can be made for trees as tall as 13 feet.

Thompson said the group hopes to sell 200 trees this year.

Three Dimensional Life, a residential program for troubled teen boys, will be holding its annual Christmas tree sale every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Dec. 15. Trees are available during normal business hours Monday through Friday as well but customers are asked to call the office at 770-869-3551 before arriving at the farm.

Greg Brooks, executive director of Three Dimensional Life, said the sale gives the boys in the program an opportunity to lean life skills by working the sale.

Visitors can choose and cut their own Leyland cypress or Fraser fir at the program’s tree farm at 4141 Old Cornelia Highway, Gainesville.

Choose-and-cut trees growing on the property are sold for $30. Fraser firs start at $35 for a 6-to-7-foot tree.

All of the money goes to providing programs for the residents and their families and for preventive programs.

The goal of the fundraiser is to raise at least $10,000. Brooks said many people who come to the tree farm buy a tree and make a donation as well because they see the good the program does for the residents.

“When you buy a tree, you’re helping restore a family. It’s more than just buying a tree for your home. You’re helping the homes of so many others,” Brooks said.

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