As this season ushers in the renewing of our thoughts of peace, joy and community, the Milford Public Library will once again host the annual Christmas Tree Extravaganza. It is a marvelous community effort that has been adopted as a holiday fundraiser to bring added joy to a deserving family.
This year’s recipient is Mr. Raymond Munzo. On July 22, 2018, Raymond found himself walking toward the town of Georgetown after his vehicle had become disabled. While waiting for his brother-in-law to pick him up, he was struck by a vehicle which left the scene. He suffered multiple injuries to the femur, tibia and fibula bones, broken collar bone, fractured wrist, 3 broken ribs and internal bleeding. He remains hospitalized and has had approximately 39 procedures; along with medical bills and life changes, there will still be many appointments, personal care, therapy and home changes.
“What brings the most peace to our hearts is that the Christmas Tree Extravaganza is a beautiful way to share our blessings with those who are in need of support and comfort,” said Librarian Carolyn Tabor. “We rely on the generosity of individuals, businesses and organizations for support. We ask if you are unable to decorate a tree that you make a financial contribution to support our Christmas Tree Extravaganza Project this year. Remember that every donation makes a difference regardless of the amount and enjoy the view of our lighted trees as you stroll along the Riverwalk.”
Through past donations, the Christmas Tree Extravaganza raised $1,700 for two local women fighting cancer and $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 28 and December 30 and should be removed before January 3, 2016.
To help celebrate the season with the Milford Public Library and reserve a space for a Christmas tree, businesses and organizations can contact the Milford Public Library at 302-422-8996. Any questions or comments can be directed to Carolyn.
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