A tree-mendous Christmas start at Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland

Posted Saturday, November 17, 2018 9:05 pm

Special to the Banner

Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland held its ninth annual Tree Trimming Party on Thursday, Oct. 25. 

 A group of 10 volunteers got together at the ReStore to string Christmas trees with lights, decorations and ornaments of all colors and styles to sell in the ReStore. Some trees are left undecorated so that families can purchase them and use their own special ornaments and decorations.

This year, the ReStore was able to set up around 55 trees, thanks to Deborah Flower, who goes by “The Christmas Lady,”and her team.

Flower said, “These ladies and gentlemen are very creative and very good. Trees are now available for purchase, but will sell out fast!”

All of the profits will go towards Habitat of Cleveland’s mission of building homes in Bradley County. Deborah estimates that from August to December, Habitat typically sells anywhere from $20,000-$25,000 in seasonal decor.

The trees and ornaments at Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland are collected, cleaned and sorted all year long and range in size, color and shape. This year, the tallest tree display is around 10 feet. The pricing for these trees varies anywhere between $6 and $125.

LaManda Bowers, Volunteer Services Manager, said, “We are grateful for so many thoughtful volunteers who give of their time to create this beautiful display of Christmas each year. Deborah Flower and her mission minded volunteers are building homes for the holidays through their gift of volunteerism.” 

Tammy Johnson, executive director, said, "It's amazing to watch Deborah in action. Each year she fills two entire tractor trailers with donated seasonal decorations. She takes most of it home, runs the glass through her dishwasher and washes all the stuffed animals or material decorations in her own washing machine. Then, she reassembles and prices items for sale. She neatly organizes everything in totes and when the designated season rolls around, it goes on our sales floor."

Misha Collins stated, "Even small acts of kindness can make a profound difference to somebody else.Through Deborah's faithfulness, giving heart and kindness she has made a profound difference to so many of our homeowners, volunteers and staff.”

Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build and repair homes, communities and hope. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland and the ReStore, visit habitatofcleveland.org.