The Milford Public Library is preparing for their annual Christmas Tree Extravaganza that will take place during the month of December. This year, the fundraiser will allow the library to make a monetary donation to one local family in need of financial assistance during the holiday season. The Christmas Tree Extravaganza has been a tradition at the Milford Public Library since Director Kay Hudson started at the library thirteen years ago.
Ms. Hudson invites local organizations to participate again this year by decorating a Christmas tree using the theme ‘Welcome Home’ that will be displayed in the main room of the library. After the trees are up, the community will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite tree with a monetary donation of one dollar.
By decorating a tree, local organizations will help to support this year’s recipient. The library wishes to keep their names anonymous because of the families’ request for privacy but encourages individuals to help these families during this tough time. Through donations last year, the Christmas Tree Extravaganza raised $1,700 for two local women fighting cancer and in 2011 the event raised $1,000 for the family of a child that was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
“It has always been very touching to me to be able to do this, one of the first families because of the extravaganza was able to have Christmas and a tree; we have sponsored two families with children with cancer and both have had a remarkable recovery,” stated Ms. Hudson, reminiscing about the Christmas Tree Extravaganza over the years. “I always remember how good I feel after giving the families the monies we have collected , so we can share our Christmas Blessing with others. I always believe it is a way for the library to be more than a library to the community.”
Participating organizations will be responsible for providing the tree, decorations and lights. The floor of the library will be marked with masking tape for the placement of the trees. The library asks that each organization create a sign with the name of the organization or business to identify the tree. Trees can be set up for display between November 25 and December 30 and should be removed between January 3, 2014.
To help celebrate the season with the Milford Public Library and reserve a space for a Christmas tree businesses can contact the Milford Public Library at 302-422-8996. Any questions or comments can be directed to Carolyn or Nancy. The Christmas Tree Extravaganza will be on display during the annual downtown Holiday Stroll on Friday, December 6.