November 16, 2012

OUR VIEW: Continuing a fun holiday tradition

— If you haven’t already done it, now would be a good time to check out the Cole Christmas Tree Forest at the Logansport Mall.

The display, now in its fifth year, was the brain child of Logansport philanthropist Jean Cole. After seeing the forest of decorated Christmas trees assembled in Kokomo to raise money for Howard County’s We Care, Cole decided Logansport should have its own such forest.

The first year, the forest had 10 decorated Christmas trees. This year, it has 28.

The trees will remain on display through Dec. 9, and if you find one you like, you can buy a chance to win it at Regis Hair Salon. Tickets cost $2 each, and proceeds benefit the Salvation Army. Winning tickets will be drawn on Dec. 10.

There are trees to please nearly every taste. One of Cole’s favorites is the tree featuring needlepoint ornaments created by her friend, Sharon Overway. The ornaments all feature Christian symbols. Some people are buying chances so that they can win the tree for their own homes. Others are hoping to win it so that they can donate it to their favorite church.

Other trees are decorated to honor your favorite athletic team, including one decorated exclusively for fans of the Logansport Berries.

Another tree that organizers expect will be popular is one decorated to honor veterans. That tree, donated by Fisher Funeral Chapel’s Dawn Fisher, features ornaments honoring the veterans of several wars.

In past years, the military tree has been donated to a local veterans organization, but organizers say so many veterans expressed interest in winning the tree that they decided to add the tree to this year’s raffle.

Regardless of which tree is your favorite, the cost of any tickets you buy will benefit a great cause. Salvation Army representatives say the money will be used to support a variety of programs, including a lunch program, food pantry and assistance for rent, utilities and prescriptions. It will also help with the Salvation Army’s Christmas program, which provides families with food baskets, toys and clothes for children.

The Christmas tree forest is yet another in a series of wonderful things that Cole and her husband, Milt, have done for the Logansport community. It’s a great idea in support of a great cause, and we applaud Cole and her helpers for making this an annual tradition.

Want to go?

What: The Cole Christmas Tree Forest

When: Daily through Dec. 9

Where: Logansport Mall