A natural Christmas all for a good cause
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.