The light of the trees will bring peace and hope

To the Editor:

The Helderberg Family and Community Organization is honored to bring the Hope and Peace Community Festival of Trees to the residents of the Hilltown and surrounding communities. Individuals, families, businesses, groups, and organizations are invited to decorate a tree in memory of loved ones, to raise awareness for a cause, or to decorate a tree in the spirit of peace, hope, and support.

A full weekend of community activities is planned for the weekend of  Dec. 6 to 8. Our signature event, the simultaneous lighting of the trees, will take place on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m., behind the Knox firehouse at 2198 Berne–Altamont Road in Knox.

The trees will be lit during the early evening hours of each day through Jan. 1, 2020. It is our hope that the light of the trees will bring peace and hope to the hearts of many.

Trees are available for a donation of $50 through Sept. 27. This donation covers the cost of the tree, the stand, materials for signs, and related electrical needs such as lead cords and adapters. The participants will provide lights (light-emitting diodes preferred) and outdoor decorations. A packet of information, including signage materials, will be provided upon receipt of the order form and payment.

In addition to family memorial trees, we invite groups to use this opportunity to raise awareness or honor the courage of others. Examples of an honor trees include a red-white-and-blue-themed tree to honor our military service men and women and first responders or a pink-themed tree to honor those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Helderberg Family and Community Organization, a not-for-profit, 501c3, youth and community development organization dedicated to serving the residents of the Helderberg and surrounding communities.

Please visit our website at for an order form. Please contact Maryellen Gillis at  518-872-1899, Nate Elble at 518-669-7916, or email at with questions. 

Maryellen Gillis

Helderberg Family and

Community Organization

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