A nat­u­ral Christ­mas all for a good cause

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Front Page -

Live Christ­mas trees are be­com­ing a pop­u­lar tra­di­tion in the De­niliquin district and hav­ing an enor­mous ben­e­fit for the De­niliquin Hos­pi­tal, all thanks to the Naponda Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary.

For the sec­ond year the Naponda Store of­fered to sup­ply live trees for lo­cal res­i­dents as a fundraiser for the hos­pi­tal.

Fam­i­lies scram­bled to get to Cressy St early on Satur­day and be first to se­lect the best tree, help­ing to raise $2500 for the hos­pi­tal at the same time.

With the help of Matt Nathan, trees were car­ried away from the front of the shop on a reg­u­lar ba­sis on Satur­day morn­ing, and taken home to add a lit­tle bit of ex­tra Christ­mas flair.

Swept up in the ex­cite­ment of se­lect­ing their ul­ti­mate Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion on Satur­day were Sarah and Scott Trit­ton and their chil­dren Lachie and So­phie.

‘‘We got a tree from Naponda last year when the ini­tia­tive started and just love how easy it was and how they donate the money to the hos­pi­tal,’’ Mrs Trit­ton said.

‘‘When we lived in Mel­bourne we would al­ways have a real one, but mov­ing back to De­niliquin we couldn’t keep do­ing it be­cause we had no clue on how to get one around here.

‘‘So­phie and Lachie had so much fun choos­ing one. We looked at two trees be­cause we knew if we looked at them all we wouldn’t be able to pick one. They all looked so beau­ti­ful and lush.

‘‘We tied the tree to the car but my son was watch­ing it the whole ride home just to make sure it was safe and wouldn’t fall off.

‘‘Once we got home we all dec­o­rated tree, and the great thing with these trees is that you don’t need as many dec­o­ra­tions.’’

Sarah and Scott Trit­ton col­lect their fresh Christ­mas tree on Satur­day with their chil­dren So­phie and Lachie.

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