The Festival of Trees, which took place this weekend, requires countless hours of planning and execution. There are literally more than 100 people involved in helping us pull it off. The positive energy, enthusiasm, talent and dedication is felt by every visitor who walks in the door. Something amazing happens when you are able to get so many to work together toward a common good. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our set-up and clean-up crews, bakers, donors, entertainers, WOW members, community and HS volunteers, local businesses, Mrs. Claus, non-profit vendors, the electrician who saved us when the lights went out and everyone who made the Festival of Trees possible. An extra special thank you to St. Thomas of Villanova Church for allowing us to use the space and for embracing the commotion it causes without complaint… we are blessed to receive your generosity.
The Festival is brought to life by the big hearts, creativity and thoughtfulness of our donors. Those of us who organize the Festival particularly love the stories of the donations. Sometimes it is a simple table donation made by a very busy mom who – despite the stress and craziness of her life – makes it happen when most of us would say “not this year.” It’s that of a family that received WOW’s generosity years ago and is now paying it forward. It is the celebration and memory of a life well lived lovingly captured through the decorations and carefully selected gifts under a tree. It’s the multitude of seniors, children, friends and families, enjoying each other’s company while making ornaments together. It’s the donor who steps up their donation every year in the hopes to receive an award ribbon. The compilation of these stories is what you see when you walk into the hall and they are what makes this event magical.
Ultimately, the Festival is WOW’s largest fundraiser and is what enables us to do countless acts of kindness in our wonderful town each year. Every person who attended and bought a raffle ticket or bake sale item should know that they have helped to put a gift under someone’s tree, feed a hungry family, put clothes on a homeless child (yes we have them in Wilmington, too), assisted in a college tuition scholarship, put a care package in the hands of someone who needs a reason to smile… and so much more! This town is special and no thank you will ever be big enough to convey our gratitude.
With best wishes for a wonderful holiday season,
We’re One Wilmington Board of Directors and the Festival of Trees Committee
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