Tree Extravaganza benefits local children’s organization

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – If people are truly doing more in-person shopping this year, then organizers have chosen the right time to start a new holiday tradition.

You can buy a Christmas tree and gifts, all in one place, and some of your purchases will even benefit the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Program.

Families gathered at Papa Joe’s Bayside on Friday morning to search for their perfect Christmas trees.

They brought Christmas trees of all sizes from Canada, then invited 15 vendors to set up kiosks.

“We are fundraising for the children’s rights program. The vendors actually donated to them, we didn’t charge them a specific fee, they donate, ”said Sunshine Williams who works for“Gatherings by Jennifer. “

She said they wanted to do something different this holiday season.

If there are any trees left after the weekend, Williams and the rest of his team donate them to families in need.

“We wanted to make sure that anyone who wants a Christmas tree for Christmas can get one,” Williams said.

There are free deliveries available if the tree you want is too big for your vehicle.

If it goes well this year, Williams said they could expand it next year, or even host similar events in other areas.

“Gatherings by Jennifer” and vendors will be held throughout the weekend from 9 am to 5 pm daily.

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