LIBERTY — Community Christmas Tree applications are open through Friday, Nov. 8. Applicants may apply over the phone by 439-4424 or online at www.libertymissouri.gov/2188/Frequently-Asked-Questions.
Along with the applicants, fundraisers are necessary to provide the gifts going to those in need. This year, the Liberty Christmas Tree committee is encouraging local businesses to get involved and for food drives to take place. Nonperishable food needs to reach Heritage Hall off the Liberty Square on Dec. 9.
“In 2019, we are revitalizing our effort to ensure we reach as many families and seniors in need of assistance as we can. It is important that our efforts to provide the basic needs for a happy holiday reach those who are most vulnerable,” said Hailey Kellerstrass, Liberty Community Christmas Tree coordinator. “We anticipate an increase in applications this year and request your help to meet these needs. Our goal is to ... meet the gift and food needs of nearly 350 families and 125 senior citizens.”
The program is entering its 34th year. Tom James and Joe Wally with the Fellowship of the Concerned got involved and helped two families in its first year. After that, Mayor Glenna Todd sanctioned the Liberty Mayor’s Christmas tree in 1987, and in 1992, the committee was officially formed. It was this year that the Liberty Sertoma Club became the primary provider of manpower for the effort.