Sal­lies show off trees

Napier Courier - - News - BY BRENDA VOWDEN [email protected]

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.

■ ■ For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.face­book.com/ Christ­mas­treeshow­case­napier/ or in­sta­gram (in­sta­gram.com/christ­mas_ tree_show­case_2018/)

PHOTO: PAUL TAY­LOR

Mandy Ot­ter and Sammy from Sally Army get­ting ready for Christ­mas Tree Show­case.

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