Sallies show off trees
Napier’s Salvation Army is marching to a new tune this year, following in the footsteps of others by hosting its first Christmas Tree Showcase.
The trees have been donated throughout the year, with some to be sold in family stores after the event.
“We are hoping to have a couple of real trees outside the venue, although we want to be sensitive to those with allergies, so most of the trees indoors will be artificial,” says organiser Mandy Otter.
Around 150 themed trees have been decorated at a different location and will be transported to Tait Drive for the week-long event.
The theme for this year is ‘seasons’, so when people arrive they will wander into a winter wonderland, then through each season. Mandy says it should take around 30 minutes to walk around and take in the decorations.
“We are hoping for a few hundred people to come and enjoy this experience — we encourage everyone to come and have a look.”
The money raised will be used to further the mission of the Salvation Army in Napier, helping those in need at Christmas, and throughout next year supporting services such as housing for homeless families, helping people with budgeting, life skills, working with young people and groups for parents and babies.
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Mandy Otter and Sammy from Sally Army getting ready for Christmas Tree Showcase.