By Terry Rogers
Each year, the Milford Public Library holds their “Christmas Tree Extravaganza,” an event that began 17 years ago as a way to reach out to the community. This year’s theme is “A Victorian Christmas.” Local groups and organizations decorate trees that are placed throughout the library, many of which have a theme related to the organization that sponsors them.
“This is a program we sponsor in order to reach out to the community,” explained Kay Hudson, Director. “We contact local business and organizations and ask them to participate. The event is open to anyone who wants to decorate a tree. Patrons and visitors view the trees and give a donation for their favorite tree. We also accept funds from businesses, organizations and patrons for the event.”
Unlike other fund raisers held by the library, this event does not fund library activities. Instead, the funds collected are given to a local family who needs assistance. This year’s funds will be given to the family of JR Griffith. Mr. Griffith was recently diagnosed with AML leukemia and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the disease. Mr. Griffith is an active volunteer for the Carlisle Fire Company, serving his community each day. Mr. Griffith travels to Christiana for his treatments and, in January 2018, will need to travel to Philadelphia for a bone marrow transplant where he will need to stay for approximately six weeks. Mr. Griffith and his wife, Renee, have four children, Phillip, 23, Tyler, 16, Joey, 15 and Jace, 7.
Trees in this year’s event were decorated by Boy Scout Troop 911, the Rookery North, the Pacemakers Quilt Guild, the Milford Garden Club, Bay Country Ice Skating, Not Too Shabby Home and Décor as well as the Library Teen Center.
“In addition to the Christmas Tree Extravaganza, the Library is beautifully decorated,” said Ms. Hudson. “It is a holiday wonderland for all. This is another way of reaching out to our community and thanking them for our success.”
The tree display is open during regular library hours. Anyone who wishes to donate to the event can reach out to the library staff and information is provided at the library on how to donate to a favorite tree.
“What makes this special to us is that it is a beautiful way to share our blessings with those who are in need,” Ms. Hudson said. “My staff has done a phenomenal job decorating throughout the library and creating a holiday wonderland for all to enjoy.”
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