One thing I appreciate about Tree Classics is their commitment to giving back to local communities. When they asked me to donate an artificial Christmas tree and décor to a local charity as part of their charitable Christmas in July campaign, I immediately thought of my local American Legion, Post #53.
A Quick History
Chartered in 1919, the American Legion is a “patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.” They do this by fostering community through service—sponsoring baseball teams, providing local scholarship, and lobbying for veteran’s needs.
In a small rural community, there is a strong commitment to veterans and the armed forces. Though like many small communities, Hillsdale’s Post #53 needs often outweigh resources. Needless to say, when I approached the American Legion about donating a tree, they were excited. Their current tree was decades old, and a new tree, ornaments and coordinating tree skirt were welcome additions.
A 4th of July Tree for the American Legion
In keeping with the 4th of July holiday, I chose a 7.5” Alpine White Christmas Tree, and decorated it with red & silver finials and bulbs from Tree Classics. Foiled red, white, and blue picks from Hobby Lobby give it a fireworks effect, and I complemented these with some 3×5” American flags and wide navy ribbons with red, white, and blue stars. I like the combo of traditional bulbs, festive ribbon of various widths (to add color and texture), and then a few large decorative picks. What I love about a white tree is that ornaments really pop. White feels light and airy in the summer, and festive and snowy during the Christmas season.
Although people were initially quizzical about a 4th of July tree, skepticism turned to excitement once it was fully decorated. The American Legion is hosting a 4th of July barbecue as well as a Wounded Warriors fundraiser later in the month, and this pre-lit tree adds to the festivities. What joy it brings to spread some cheer to men and women who have selflessly served. Happy birthday, America!
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