Spirit of the Season


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Sunday, December 24, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 5 Wishing You a HappyHoliday Season, From Our Family to Yours Tyndall Funeral Home 1005 North Church Street Mount Olive, North Carolina 919-658-2303 9DAG1216S© Alan Sutton Jewelry 919.734.1114 Monday–Friday 10am–6pm • Saturday 10am–5pm Market Square Shopping Center 1803-C Wayne Memorial Drive www.alansuttonjewelry.net 36DCT1217J© Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men. -Luke 2:14 From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! With exceeding great joy, we wish you and your family all the blessings of this holy season. For the blessing of your friendship, we remain forever grateful. May every moment of your holiday be magical and bright. We hope the season finds you surrounded by loved ones, laughter and all the makings of new memories you will cherish for a lifetime. Our entire staff sends you and your family well wishes this holiday season. We appreciate the gift of your confidence and trust. WILLOW CREEK NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER 34DCT1217J© www.willowcreekrehab.com 2401 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC Come tour our 36 bed rehab unit offering private rooms ÊÊand an at home look! For more information contact Chauncey >ÌÃ, Admissions Director at 919-750-6861 News-Argus/CASEY MOZINGO Alyssa Price helps her father, Jim, pick out a tree at the Optimist Club tree lot. This year the club had four weeks to sell the trees, instead of the three weeks they've had over the past years. They were also giving a discount to returning customers who signed up for emails last year. Optimists and St. Luke Church sell trees to do charity work By ROCHELLE MOORE rmoore@newsargus.com Several Christmas tree lots offer a variety of Fraser firs for the holiday season. Traditionally, most people seek out their favorite tree the day after Thanksgiving, even though two area lots were already open prior to the holiday. The Goldsboro Opti- mist Club tree lot, along Cashwell Drive, and the St. Luke Unit- ed Methodist Church lot on Wayne Memorial Drive, near Immediate Care, opened the Satur- day before Thanksgiv- ing. Beth Cauley stopped by the Optimist lot seeking out an early Christmas present and ordered three wreaths, which are made from fresh branch clippings. "I always do wreaths for my grandparents from the Optimist Club so they can enjoy them the whole season," she said. "It's a good cause. It's a double dose. You get to spread some Christ- mas cheer for a good cause." The Optimist Club sells Christmas trees each year as a fundraiser, which sup- ports a variety of youth programs in the Wayne County area. "This is our only fundraiser and we put a lot of time into this," said Bill Edgerton, with the Goldsboro Optimist Club. "All of the profit we make goes into our youth programs and all of us working out here are volunteers. We enjoy doing it." The lot was stocked this year with a variety of Fraser firs, ranging in size from 5 to 15 feet in height, and priced from $30 to $300. Before a tree leaves the lot, the bottom is cut and branches are trimmed. "We try to compete with the major stores," Edgerton said. "We've got some trees that are $30 up to about $300." Christmas wreaths are sold in three differ- ent sizes, 12, 16 and 20 inch, for $20, $25 and $30, respectively. Christmas tree stands are also available. The lot, which was stocked with 350 trees this year, was expected to sell out, much like it does every year, with plans to close by Dec. 16, if not earlier. "We're hoping to be done by the 16th of December," he said. "As soon as we sell out, we close up." The St. Luke United Methodist Church lot, stocked with 275 trees this year, also offers live Fraser firs in an effort to support local charitable efforts, which provide help to the needy and children, and missions. "Our church does it every year," said Billy Reeves. "It's a fundraiser for our church. It goes to our church and back into the community." Tree sizes also vary from 5 to 6 feet in height, which sell for $45, to 11 to 12 foot tall trees, which are sold for $200. "We've got Fraser firs anywhere from 5 to 6 feet on up to 11 to 12 feet, maybe a few up to 14 feet," Reeves said. "We've been selling out every year." Twelve and 16-inch wreaths are also sold for $15 and $20, and tree stands are avail- able. The church, which in previous years set up a lot across from Harris Teeter, moved down Wayne Memorial Drive, across from Wayne UNC Health Care. The lot was donated at no cost to the church by Wayne Pharmacy, Reeves said. Some delivery options are available, as well as other services. "We can do some deliveries, we give them a fresh cut and we put the tree stands on the trees," Reeves said. "We do whatever we can to promote and sell them." News-Argus/CASEY MOZINGO Jim Murray trims up the bottom of a tree for a family at the Optimist Club tree lot. Murray has been a member of the club for about 20 years. We're on the Internet. You can read us online at www.newsargus.com. ■ Visitors can get a live tree for the holidays and help local organizations. 'It's a good cause. It's a double dose. You get to spread some Christmas cheer for a good cause.' BETH CAULEY on she buys her tree from the Optimist Club's tree lot. If you see news happening, call us at 919-778-2211.

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