There’s not a Christmas tree to be found at Aunt Leah’s Tree Lot… and organizers couldn’t be happier.
“It’s so amazing, we actually sold out of all of our trees. We’ve shut down and the poor customers keep calling saying ‘Where are your Christmas tree lots?’ And I’m like ‘I’m so sorry.'”
That, from Angelina Oates with Aunt Leah’s on the success of the charity event, which helps fund programs for kids coming out of the foster care system.
Oates says the sale brought in about $114,000, topping thier goal of $100,000.
It’s a bright spot in what has otherwise been a troubling year for news about kids in care.
She says the money should help over 100 people in the Lower Mainland this year.
“They’ve grown up in government care, they’re on their own now, and we have lots of programs for them which is anything from housing first, to education, to basic life skills.”
Oates thinks the program moved more than 4,000 trees this year
“I think, I’m just guessing, but about 80% of our customers come to the tree lot because they wanna give back to the community that they live in.”
Aunt Leah’s has been raising funds and providing services for teens aging out of the system for 20 years.