Carthage Church of God ‘Buy a Tree, Change a Life’ kicks off this week

November 23, 2021

This holiday season…get real! That’s right, do away with your artificial Christmas tree and get a real, fresh Fraser Fir Christmas tree!

Carthage Church Of God, located in South Carthage, is participating in the non profit organization, Buy a Tree, Change a Life.

Buy a Tree, Change a Life changes the lives of children globally and locally with a simple Christmas tree purchase!  All of the Christmas tree proceeds will go to help children in some of the most challenging places on the planet and right here in your own community. This nationwide movement gave away $1,050,169 last Christmas to help children locally and globally!

So far, Carthage Church of God has been successful in their tree sales, but they still need the community’s help to reach their goal of tree sales to help even more children!

Locally, the money raised will go toward supplying backpacks and school supplies to kids in need in Smith County, as well as the Youth and Family Resource Center, mostly known as The Spot in Carthage.

Globally, through a direct partnership with People for Care and Learning, a tree purchase will provide education, care, mentoring, food, and housing for children in Cambodia, Guatemala, and Israel. In 2018, one of the children who received care from the Cambodia children’s home passed her medical boards and is a medical doctor! In 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, a new church and school was planted in Srah Village Cambodia.  In 2020, over 1500 families were fed during Covid and amid a massive flooding.

Buy a Tree, Change a Life originated in 2012 when a family in Homestead, FL was adopting a child from Ethiopia and $25,000 was needed for the adoption. The church they attended decided to sell Christmas trees to raise the money. Four hundred and fifty Christmas trees were sold and $25,000 was raised for the adoption.

Due to the success of Buy a Tree, Change a Life, a non-profit organization called ForHope.us was founded in 2012. In 2021, 59 churches will rally their communities, government officials, sponsors, and local businesses around this project and give away all the money to help children. $3,797,203 has been raised since the first year of the project.

The Carthage Church of God Buy a Tree, Change a Life, Christmas tree sale is open the following hours: BLACK FRIDAY, Nov. 26th 9am-6pm, Saturdays: 9am-6pm, Sundays: 4-7pm, Monday-Friday: 5-7pm

Follow Carthage Church of God Buy a Tree, Change a Life on Facebook at Buy A Tree. Change A Life. Carthage. This event is sponsored by the following local businesses:  Roland Digital Media, Rojas, Dominos Carthage, #Holly’s, The Hotel Walton, Knox Auto Parts, Michael “Woody” Woodard Realtor/Auctioneer, Smith County Animal Clinic, and many others! If you or your business would like to join the movement and sponsor the local event, please contact Pastor Seth London.

For more information about the project visit www.buyatreechangealife.com.