Christmas of Change
Looking forward to another great Christmas of Change this year! Stay tuned for more details on the trees and locations.
WHAT THIS EVENT IS ALL ABOUT:
A Christmas of Change demonstrates how everyone giving a small amount can add up to big changes for our community. 10 community non-profit organizations are decorating trees on Wall Street to help bring about greater awareness of their work and to raise money for local charities.
HOW THE COMMUNITY CAN PARTICIPATE:
Donation tubes will be at the base of each sponsor’s tree. The community is invited to “vote” for their favorites by dropping their pocket change into the tubes. (Volunteers will drop by several times each week to retrieve donations for safekeeping. Hopefully, this will eliminate temptation for tampering or theft).
RED LETTER DATES TO REMEMBER:
Decorating Day: Sunday 11/13/11 8:00am – 2:00pm ~ Sponsors and volunteers will be on Wall Street decorating their trees as well as selling baked goods. Downtown visitors are welcome to stop by and learn more about each sponsor’s community efforts and pick up some yummy treats for a small donation.
Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting: Friday 11/25/11 ~ The official kick-off for the holiday season in downtown. Lots of folks gather and enjoy the illumination of the community Christmas Tree. Hopefully, we can incorporate a short speech about the Christmas of Change event and generate enthusiasm for everyone to visit the sponsors trees (Steve Reber is our best speaking ambassador unless you want to take the lead on this one). The trees will be decorated and donation tubes in place by then.
Downtown Christmas Parade: Saturday, 12/3/11 ~ I am talking with our sponsors to see if they would all like to have representation in the parade, another opportunity to raise awareness. This one is still a work in progress . . .
11/25/11 - 1/7/12 ~ Sponsors beautifully decorated trees are on display, the community is invited to check out each one and vote for their favorites with pocket change.
OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:
Boys and Girls Club of Bend
Rotary Clubs of Bend
Bend Firefighter’s Association
Bend Police Association
Deschutes County Search and Rescue
Alyce Hatch Center
Bend Kiwanis Club
Boy Scouts of America