There are many places to buy a Christmas tree. But why not buy a tree and help support a cause? For the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, selling trees for charities has been a holiday tradition for over 30 years.
“We got, yesterday, the delivery was 490 trees. They came from New Hampshire,” says Clem Lepoutre, the Benevolence Steward of The First Congregational Church of Greenwich. “This is what we say as our mission of the church, giving back to the community, so this is one way that we really can demonstrate that we’re out there for the community.”
Lepoutre says the tree sale raised about $20,000 for charity last year. He says this year’s proceeds will go to five agencies in Connecticut.
“Den for Grieving Kids, Shelter for the Homeless, Inspirica, Connecticut Conference at Silver Lake, and Neighbor to Neighbor,” he says.
“At this time of year, it’s a time for all of us to start thinking about everybody else and the fact that you’re buying a tree and in so doing, giving money to charity at the same time, I think it’s a good thing,” says Old Greenwich resident Kate Rossi. “It’s part of the holiday spirit.”
“I think it’s a good thing for the community to be involved and also, it makes it very convenient for us, and they have pretty good product, they have some nice trees here,” says resident Craig Martone.
The church will host the holiday sale every weekend in December until all 490 trees are gone.
“Saturday from about 8 until 4:30; Sundays about 11, after services are done, until 4:30 in the afternoon,” says Lepoutre.
There will also be wreaths, garland, and tree stands for sale.