After a strong start, the Rapid City Club for Boys Christmas tree sale hit a snag with last week's bitter cold temperatures.
Executive Director, Scott Bader said Friday that they've only sold about one-third of their trees.
And, with close to 1,300 trees still left, he's hoping for a large turnout this weekend.
"It's a great chance to get out there in the community and have people come down and interact with the kids. And, brand new people who have come down here, one of the things they take away is how much fun it was to come down to the Christmas tree lot during the Christmas tree season and see these kids down here," said Bader.
The proceeds from the tree sale go to help fund programs at the Club for Boys. The Club for Boys is open Monday through Saturday 9-6 a.m. and Sundays 10-6 a.m.
The following is a press release from the Rapid City Club for Boys:
You'll find them in many Rapid City homes this time of year: a well-decorated Christmas tree, a few neatly wrapped gifts, a turkey perfectly roasted on the dining room table. With the help of families across the Black Hills, those Christmas traditions can also become a reality for families served through the Club for Boys' annual Christmas Families program.
This year, nearly 100 families will benefit from the generosity of individuals, companies and organizations, who will come together to donate Christmas gifts, decorations and meals for families across the city.
The program, which is in its sixth year, kicked off at the beginning of the month. But more donations are needed, said Sara Gentry, executive director of the Club for Boys Foundation.
"Our annual Christmas Families program is an incredible way to lend a hand in our community, to share of our talents and treasures at the end of the year," she said. "For the families who benefit from this program, it brightens their days—and empowers them to usher in the New Year with renewed hope and drive for the future."
The club selects boys who have been coming most often to the club and whose families have less than $400-$500 per person to live on per month. The club provides information on each family to donors, who are encouraged to shop for the families. Or if shopping is not possible, a donor may also contribute money and staff and volunteers at the club will do the shopping. Monetary donations can be for any amount as several can be combined to provide a family with Christmas decorations, a meal and gifts that are picked out specifically for each member of the family—one of the best parts of the program, Gentry said.
"We're at a time when donors want to interact more personally with our families," she said. "Through the program, you shop for a specific family—to make their specific wishes come true. It just does so much good because everybody gets so much out of it."
It costs an average of $300 to provide for each family, and the community has been generous every year since this program started, Gentry said. In 2011, 99 families were sponsored. However, donations are still needed this year, and will be accepted for this year's program through next week. To participate, contact Gentry at (605) 343-3500.
The number of families sponsored by the Christmas Families program by year: