Farm Donates Christmas Trees

7 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago Thursday, November 18 2010 Nov 18, 2010 Thursday, November 18, 2010 8:13:38 PM CST November 18, 2010 in News
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BOONVILLE - The Starr Pines Christmas Tree Farm and the Voluntary Action Center teamed up Thursday to collect Christmas trees for families who normally wouldn't be able to buy their own this holiday season. It's the first time in five years the center has been able to offer its families Christmas trees as a part of its annual Christmas program, which normally consists of food and gifts. This year volunteers, along with Starr Pines owner Wayne Harmon, helped collect the trees themselves. The day long process consisted of pruning and trimming the trees, shaking them, and then baling them for easy transportation. Volunteers helped load up all of the trees and deliver them to the Trinity Presbyterian Church where they'll be stored. Despite the cold temperatures, Harmon enjoyed lending his time, "We love it out here. This is our time of the year, and for us, the warm feeling I have inside today is, it warms me up to just to think about the families that are going to get these trees. I don't even feel the cold." Harmon gave away a total of 60 trees for a total donation of $3,000. The trees will be given away starting December 9th to families who need them and those with children. Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, Cindy Mustard, is thankful for this year's supply of Christmas trees. "It'll just bring a lot of joy to a lot of kids this Christmas to have that fresh, live tree in their house when Santa comes," she said.

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