The light of trees will bring peace and hope

Ornaments depicting school buses and bulldogs show that this tree, from last year’s Helderberg Family and Community Organization festival, was decorated for Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

To the Editor:

The Helderberg Family and Community Organization is honored to bring the second annual 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.

The 2020 Festival of Trees will be on display behind the Knox firehouse from Dec. 5 through Jan. 1, 2021. This has been a challenging year, and 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 Oct. 31, 2020. 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 (LED preferred) and outdoor decorations.

A packet of information, including signage materials, will be provided upon receipt of the order form and payment. Tree decorating will be done following all necessary health and safety protocols to ensure everyone participating remains safe.

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 the events page of our website at for an order form. Please contact me, Maryellen Gillis, at 518-872-1899; Nate Elble at 518-669-7916; or email with questions. 

Maryellen Gillis

Helderberg Family and

Community Organization

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