Christmas Tree Sale Benefits Youth Service Projects

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Buying a Christmas tree certainly adds beauty and holiday cheer to your home, but buying one from the youth group at The Congregational Church of Manhasset can make a lasting difference in the lives of others. The sale is this Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, in the church courtyard. The money raised from this sale supports such events as last summer’s mission trip to work with Heifer International in Rutland, MA. Heifer International works in 125 countries around the world to increase food security and nutrition through providing livestock and training in sustainable agriculture.

On Friday night, the young people gather to set up for the sale, and after several hours, the area is prepared and the excitement builds. The sale starts at 9 a.m. sharp on Saturday morning. The tree sale is more than just a fundraiser for the youth program; the teens take part in every aspect of the sale, from collecting the money to tying trees on top of customers’ cars. It is not only fun but also allows the youth to learn responsibility and teamwork.

Customers have their choice of traditional balsams in a variety of sizes, wreaths, pine roping and poinsettias. Snow, rain or shine, the Saturday hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Sunday morning, the sale begins after worship at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. If any trees are left, they can be purchased during the week by calling 516-627-4911. The Congregational Church is located at 1845 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset, directly across from the Apple Store.

For more information, visit www.uccmanhasset.org.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community newspaper" several years in a row.

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