Good Sam Christmas Trees

Good Sam's Christmas tree sale provides around $10,000 each year for the church's HELPS ministry, which provides modest financial assistance (maximum of $300) to local families dealing with temporary and short-term financial shortfalls.

To run the sale we need a number of volunteers and a person or team to serve as organizers. For the past several years, Jane and Andy Balsan have served in this important role. Last year, they announced that the 2018 sale would be their final year as the key leaders and organizers.

Although they do want to step down as long-term leaders, Jane and Andy have said IF someone or a team does volunteer, they would gladly run it alongside the future organizers, and would continue to volunteer in future years. They say the basic responsibilities for coordinators are: 1) Order and make arrangements for the trees, 2) organize volunteers to cover sale weekends (first weekend after Thanksgiving until all trees are sold, usually the weekend before Christmas), 3) organize and direct volunteers to unload the 500 trees when they arrive the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and 4) keep an accounting of the checks and cash from each day's sales. Although leadership is an important commitment, unlike many programs, it does have a short – but busy – timeline. Jane also points out that the sale brings Good Samaritan parishioners together, brings the community to our church, raises people's awareness of the needs of many people in our area, as well as provides a critical $10,000 for the HELPS ministry.

If you – or a small group or team – is interested in considering this important leadership role, please contact Jane Balsan, Andy Balsan, or any of the clergy. We pray that this important program will continue!