The Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington’s Trees for Tots went ahead for a seventh year on Saturday, raising $60,000 in donations by the end of the annual volunteer Christmas tree pick-up.
The Trees for Tots day of action included hundreds of community members pitching in on their weekend with hands and vehicles to pick up trees from front yards following the holidays.
It was likely a record-breaking year for the fundraiser, which raised some $45,000 online before trees were even picked up at a minimum donation of $10
“Funds raised help the Children’s Foundation programs, trees get chipped and mulched and put back into the environment, and people get their trees picked-up,” coordinator Brenda Walsh said in a statement from December.
The Guelph Children’s Foundation, a registered charity, provides services that help those in low-income or impoverished situations through four programs.
“This year, the Foundation is hoping to register 4,000 residents to donate to the event, funds that will help empower children in low-income families,” Glenna Banda, Executive Director, said of the Trees for Tots drive.
Banda added that there was an increase of 20 per cent over applications to the Foundation’s Free to Grow Program, and “increasing challenges” for Food and Friends and the Scholarships initiatives.
Pictures, social media
Those involved with the Tots for Trees pick-up on Saturday were so active that it made #TreesForTots trending on Twitter. The Guelph Post has selected several posts to share that capture the day.
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— CFGW (@ChildrensFdnGW) January 5, 2019
Warms my heart to see hundreds of people in the community pitching in— there were no prizes but if there were, @LloydLongfield would have won for most efficient tree loading! #TreesforTotsGuelph @ChildrensFdnGW pic.twitter.com/OdFCxw7d3A
— Bianca Jamieson (@biancaljamieson) January 5, 2019
— patti schopp (@pcschopp) January 5, 2019
— Lloyd Longfield (@LloydLongfield) January 5, 2019
— Bob Megens (@RWMegens) January 5, 2019