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A special birthday party

February 19, 2013

Molly's birthday party

A young lady and long-time friend of Trees for Life, by the name of Molly, had a birthday at the end of January.  Here’s what her mother, Jenny, wrote to us,

“Regarding Molly’s alternative gift party… It was becoming apparent to Chris and I that our girls were motivated to have birthday parties just for the gifts.  Wanting to quell that motivation and encourage new awareness, we suggested that on “even-yeared” birthdays, the girls could have a full-fledged party with gifts going to a non-profit of their choice, rather than receiving gifts for themselves.

Molly didn’t skip a beat in choosing Trees for Life as her non-profit of choice.  Party invitations were extended to her friends with a specific request NOT to bring a present for Molly but to bring an amount of money (of any size) to be donated to TFL in honor of Molly’s birthday.

Guests showed up at the party with homemade cards with money creatively tucked into pockets or taped inside.  Molly shared with the girls about Trees for Life and how the money might go to help other girls around the world go to school, have books, etc.  After opening the cards, the girls enjoyed a brownie cake that had been decorated by Molly with the Trees for Life logo.  Fun was had by all and a beaming Molly delivered $112.50 to Trees for Life the next day. The girls in attendance at the party were Molly (holding the cake), Clara, Lydia, Olivia, Leah and Eliana. “

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Alternate Gift Giving at Trees for Life

December 16, 2010

 

I don’t know about you, but I am through giving gifts that don’t make a difference. I’m tired of giving gifts of neckties, boxes of candy and perfume to friends and family that already have more than they will ever use. Instead of giving them a gift that they in turn will either stack on the pile or  just “re-gift consider giving them the alternative gift of hope, a gift that will truly make a difference in a human life.  This holiday season join Trees for Life and Books for Life  where a number of alternative gift programs are available that support  those in need in developing countries. 

You can make a great difference in the lives of others by selecting the DONATE NOW to give to one of the Trees for Life programs that supports the fight against hunger in developing countries.

 

 

or you can give the gift of literacy and education by selecting DONATE NOW to donate to Books for Life which supports the development of a literacy programs  and builds Libraries in a rural villages.

 

At Trees for Life and Books for Life you can donate on behalf of a friend or family member and we will let them know of the gift given in their honor. What a wonderful way to help and recognize others.

Children of the First Presbyterian Church raise money for Trees

September 17, 2010

First Presbyterian Church – Blue Earth, MN.   As part of the children’s summer Vacation Bible School we studied the great Baobat Tree and how it serves the whole community. Trees for Life fit perfectly into our week-long adventure into the African Savannah. As part of their adventure in learning and sharing the chldren were pleased to collect $150 for Tree for Life. The children are excited that the money will be used for trees that will provide food and income for families and communities in need.
Rev. Janet Crissinger-Clark – Thank You for the wonderful lessons that you are sharing with our children. Trees for Life

Summer Youth in Action

Trees for Life Service Project

November 16, 2009

Last summer at Brethren Woods Camp, in Virginia, the young campers learned about Trees for Life and heard stories of its work around the world. They planted trees that will be at the camp for many years to come. Here is the article from the camp newsletter.

Trees for Life Service Project

Each summer Brethren Woods selects a worthy organization to be our service project and this summer that group was Trees for Life.  Trees for Life is a non-profit organization that offers a helping hand and education to families in poor villages around the world.  By learning how to plant and care for fruit trees, villagers become more self-sufficient and they are better able to help themselves with good nutrition and produce to sell.  There are no handouts and people pledge to share what they have learned with other villagers.  Since its beginnings in 1984, tens of millions of fruit trees have been planted  in developing countries!

During each week of camp, campers heard stories of the work of Trees for Life around the world.  Then, on Tuesday night, campers got to plant seeds for their own tree to take home with them and also worked as a group to plant trees here on the camp property that they can watch grow for years to come.  During Week 5, a Forest Ranger came to share more about the importance of trees and how to plant them with the group.  Offerings were collected throughout the week by campers combining their money to purchase a flag for the bulletin board.  Each flag represented a different country in the world where Trees for Life works.

The weekly totals were:

Week 1 – $258.45                                            Week 4 – $114.45

Week 2 – $197.61                                             Week 5 – $175.57

Week 3 – 161.72                                               Week 6 – $452.39

TOTAL = $1360.35

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Lemonade Stands for Trees 2000 through 2009

November 16, 2009

2000 Appel’s First Lemonade Stand

The Appel family’s first lemonade stand was held in 2000 in Nashville, Tennessee. The picture below shows young Madeline selling lemonade to buy trees for people in developing countries.

2000 Appel's first lemonade stand

Below is a note and pictures from the
2009 Appel Family Lemonade Stand

Dear Treva and Balbir,

We did have our first Denver lemonade stand for Trees for Life. The two days before our event it was snowy, rainy and cold. We decided to add hot chocolate to our menu which was fun, but turned out to be unnecessary as it was a Denver style, sunny, blue sky day (70 degrees) with snow melting around us. I think one of the girls wore flip-flops and I got a little pink from the sun!
Our turnout was moderate with some generous donors. It was a wonderful chance to meet our new neighbors and introduce them to Trees for Life. We did most of our advertising this year via internet which helped us to be more “tree friendly”. We had an exciting celebrity visit by Keir (Treva and Balbir’s son), which was really fun!
Our total for the day was $220. That is right up there with our all time best in Nashville. Not bad for our debut in Denver. I have mailed the checks and will also be sending photos. Please call when you visit Denver.
Thank you both for all that you do to make our world a more just and beautiful place.

The Appels
Denver

Dog with Appel lemonade stand

Keir Mathur with Appel daughters

Neighbors at Appel lemonade stand

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