Festival of Trees raises more than $1,700 plus plenty of food

Mission residents had the chance to vote for their favourites

The fifth annual Mission Festival of Trees and Dramatic Reading of Charles Dickens’ play A Christmas Carol – which took place Dec. 5-9 – is being called a great success by organizers.

The festival, which is held to support the Mission Christmas Bureau, raised more than $1,700 in cash donations and many pounds of non-perishable food items, as well as boxes of Christmas gifts.

In total, 28 decorated Christmas trees from various, groups, families, churches, businesses, and organizations were given to the Christmas Bureau for distribution to families and seniors in the Mission community.

There were 31 volunteers involved, plus entertainers performed throughout the event, and other volunteers performed in the dramatic reading.

Visitors to the festival were given the opportunity to vote, for a donation, for their favourite tree in various categories.

The results of the public voting areas are:

People’s Choice Award:

Lynn Bedard & Alanis Kragh

Best Uniquely Decorated Tree:

Rotary Club of Mission – Midday

Best Crafty Decorated Tree:

All Saints Anglican Church Sunday School

Best Family Decorated Tree:

The Fleming Family

Best Business Decorated Tree:

Galley Girls Coffee House

Best Organization/Group

Decorated Tree:

Rotary Club of Mission – Morning

Honourable Mentions:

All Saints Anglican Church Women

JMJ Photography Services

St. Andrew’s United Church

Mission Midwifery

Fischer Dental Clinic

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church – Kids’ Club

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