When Spirit of Christmas producer Michael Wipf approached Richard Davies Owner and Operator of Langley's Oh Christmas Tree Farm and inquired if the company would be interested in selling Christmas trees at the Trinity Western University event, Richard responded with a resounding yes! This year, with a focus on fundraising for the Salvation Army, five dollars from every tree sold will go to the charity.
If you haven't already heard, the 2nd annual Spirit of Christmas taking place at Trinity Western University is the kick off event to Langley's Christmas in the Valley, an extensive television, radio and print cross-marketing campaign aimed at promoting and positioning the Fraser Valley as a Christmas destination for lower mainland families. Taking place from November 29 to December 1st, the free community celebration features concerts by local school groups and community performers, Christmas craft sales, an outdoor theatrical nativity presentation with live animals, and a variety of activities for children and adults.
This is the first time that the Spirit of Christmas has offered visitors the option of purchasing a Christmas tree for the cause. Says Wipf, "Our planning committee has been working steadily since the summer thinking of ways to link the business community and the public together in raising support for the Salvation Army. When we were looking for tree sponsors Oh Christmas Tree Farm was a natural fit."
Located minutes from the University's campus, Oh Christmas Tree Farm sits on 17 acres of land and has been in business since 2004. The farm, which was previously known as The Milner Tree Farm, sells four varieties of fir trees and spruce.
Giving back to the community is not new for Oh Christmas Tree Farm. The family run business also contributes trees to Newlands Golf and Country Club for their Festival of Trees benefiting the Langley Memorial Hospital.
When asked why it is important to support a charity with his business Davies says, "I think a lot of it goes hand in hand. Business is part of the community, and the community is part of business. What comes around goes around and it's important to help out others in need. I think you get back what you give and successful companies employ this philosophy and they do well - they also know that being responsible means giving back."
Visitors to the Spirit of Christmas can enjoy many of the events and festivities and then pick up a tree on their way home. Oh Christmas Tree Farm staff will be on hand to help sell and load trees into vehicles. "We would be thrilled to sell 200 to 300 trees over the course of Spirit of Christmas," says Davies. "We'll be setting up on Thursday and our selling hours will follow the event's hours."
More information on Oh Christmas Tree Farm can be found by visiting www.ohchristmastreefarm.com or by calling 604-805-5052. Information regarding scheduling and location of all events at the Spirit of Christmas can be found by checking the event's webpage at www.twu.ca/christmas or by calling the Spirit of Christmas phone line at 604-513-2006.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music to business, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 15 graduate degrees include such areas as counseling psychology, business, theology, administrative leadership and interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history.
Last Updated: 2007-12-20