There is an amazing thing that happens 20 feet from my office. Trees show up on the walls of our Prayer Walk Hallway and nothing gets me in the Christmas mood faster than watching them. For my money, these are the Real Trees of Christmas!
At New Hope, we have a long tradition at Christmas. Individual and family needs are identified and attached to a "tree." People decide which needs they can meet, shop for the request and bring it back in time for Christmas. We are not alone in this. Many churches have their version of a Giving Tree and it is something we have done for many years.
Until we couldn't.
The needs increased every year. At some point, there were so many needs they didn't all fit. So we stopped doing a Giving Tree...and created The Giving Forest!
Every year there is a transformation of the trees in our Giving Forest.