ST. MARYS — For Christine Chambers and her husband, Marc Hassan, Christmas is an opportunity to give back to the community.
This holiday season, the couple — owners of the Tastee Treat in St. Marys — decided to sponsor the donation of Christmas trees to needy families in the area. “Santa’s Trees” is not a contest — the trees are meant to make as many family Christmases as special as possible.
“We’re just trying to fill the gap for families who can’t buy a tree,” Chambers said. “This is basically just us trying to put smiles on families’ faces.”
All that is needed to enter the drawing is a contact name and phone number, which should be left at the Tastee Treat. This contact number also may be left anonymously through a church. If drawn, the church can then distribute the trees to whomever needs the trees.
“The drawing starts today (Monday), and we’ll draw for two trees a week until Dec. 20,” Chambers said. “It may go longer than that, but we assume people want their trees up by then.”
And these are no store-bought, commercial trees, but Frasier Firs, coming to St. Marys from a farm in North Carolina.
“The good thing about Frasier Firs is they have great needle retention — so the needles won’t fall off and they will stay soft,” Chambers said.
Chambers stressed the fact that people who need a tree can enter anonymously through someone else. Chambers said she does not want the drawing element to keep someone from having a good Christmas, which some might say would be incomplete without an angel-topped, tinseled Christmas tree.
“It’s really important to give back,” Chambers said. “We’ve always been very fortunate as business owners — we’ve always gotten a lot of support form the community.”
Two anonymous, like-minded people called Chambers, she said, to “purchase” two of the trees that will then be donated to a family. Agape Ministries is donating the tree stands.
The drawing will most likely take place every Friday until the trees are gone.
“And if we don’t have (a tree) here a family wants, we have another business in Celina (we) can draw trees from,” she said. “We’ll find something to fit your space; we’ll make it work.”