With the coming of the holidays and Milford’s annual Holiday Stroll, the Milford Public Library is also showing its holiday spirit with a Christmas Tree Extravaganza that raises funds for a local family in need.
With the coming of the holidays and Milford’s annual Holiday Stroll, the Milford Public Library is also showing its holiday spirit with a Christmas Tree Extravaganza that raises funds for a good cause.
Local organizations and groups, including the Milford Garden Club, Cub Scouts Pack 186, Red Hat Society and the Piecemakers Quilt Guild, decorate a tree to be displayed in the library’s windows overlooking the Mispillion River while patrons are invited to vote and provide a donation that will go toward a family in need.
This year, the money raised will benefit a 36-year-old woman who is currently living in a SAFE domestic violence shelter with her two children. Through counseling services and safety planning from the shelter staff, the family is on a long road to recovery. Despite working two part-time jobs since entering the shelter, she is unable to afford Christmas presents.
That’s where the library and the community can make an impact by donating any amount to the family and voting on the library’s Christmas tree displays.
While passersby are invited to vote on their favorite tree, the competitive aspect of the trees is the least important, said Milford Public Library Director Kay Hudson.
“Everybody is a winner in this,” Hudson said. “The winner is the family. The organizations are winners. And those donating are winners because they’re helping someone truly in need.”
While there are only four trees sponsored by local organizations this year, Hudson expects to add one more. Still, that’s a little short of the response that the library is used to.
“We might have to rethink this,” Hudson said while discussing possible reasons why participation is down this year. A new Grotto Pizza on Del. Route 1 in Milford hosts a similar event and some organizations may be focusing their tree-decorating efforts in a different location.
Regardless, the Milford Public Library believes the annual fundraiser is necessary for not only boosting local holiday spirit, but also for making a difference in someone’s life.
“It’s important that we find people with a real need and satisfy their needs,” said Pat Palmer, president of the Friends of the Milford Public Library. “This woman has struggled and succeeded in her struggles, and now we can help her. This community is very giving and opens its heart on a regular basis and this is just one example of that.”
In addition to the Christmas Tree Extravaganza, there is also a donation tree located in the children’s area where people can add hats, scarves or gloves to be donated to a local charity.
For those who are really looking to spread the “Home for the Holidays” theme, there are blank cards located in the hallway intended for those military service men and women who will not be able to make it home for the holidays.
For more information, call 422-8996, visit www.milfordpubliclibrary.org or stop by the library located at 11 S.E. Front St. in Milford.