Posted Saturday, October 5, 2019 8:20 pm
By KAITLIN GEBBY
Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland decked the halls early last week with decked-out trees that are now available at the Habitat ReStore.
Deb Flower, also known as “The Christmas Lady,” has coordinated the event since 2010, and she gave all of the credit to her creative volunteers.
The trees were unloaded with the help of Silverdale Baptist Church in Chattanooga as part of their Serve the City mission, which sends out volunteers in the surrounding area as well as Georgia to help with community projects. Meta McGuire, donor engagement manager for Habitat and also a member of Silverdale Baptist, said the sale of these trees is a big deal to Habitat in that it provides part of the funds to build the next year’s houses.
Once the trees were unloaded and Silverdale volunteers strung lights on the trees, Flower’s volunteer group went to work during their annual Tree Trimming Party on Tuesday. With the help of eight women armed with ornaments, ribbons, bows and tinsel, the Habitat store is now a Christmas wonderland.
The trees can be viewed and purchased at the Habitat ReStore, located at 300 Grove Ave. S.W. in Cleveland. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Sundays. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity.