Skogland said that’s one of the great things about the festival – it gives organizations that may not be able to have their own charity outreach a chance to support a good cause.
“This gives businesses and groups an opportunity to come out and support We Care that maybe don’t have the ability to do an event themselves,” she said. “They’re able to come out and raise money. It’s also two weeks of advertisement for them, and it’s amazing how much these groups pay to put together their trees. There’s a lot of time, a lot of thought, a lot of shopping and a lot of donations that go into them.”
Adria Snoddy, director of pediatric therapy at Bona Vista, said their tree isn’t just a way to raise money for We Care, but also a way to raise awareness for Bona Vista’s new event center called Imagine That!
Although the non-profit has decorated a tree for more than 15 years, she said the tree this year will have an “Imagine That!” theme. Gifts below the tree will represent the seven different rooms at the event center, like the NASCAR and Lego room.
“The community has received this event so well,” Snoddy said. “It’s nice we’re able to showcase one our programs through our tree theme.”
The Trim-A-Tree Festival and auction raised over $53,000 last year for We Care, which gives money to groups like the Kokomo Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army.
Brubaker said it was amazing to see so many people Sunday coming together to help the non-profit. He said it was also pretty fun decorating the tree.
“This brings a lot of people together for a good cause,” he said. “It sounds kind of hokey, but it’s true. Everybody knows what We Care means to this community.”
People can view the trees and also shop at the We Care store 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m., Nov. 11.
Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.