It’s not even close to Thanksgiving, but time waits for no one who counts on Christmas tree sales to help support his mission to help the homeless out of the cold and on their feet.
A crew from Albany’s Signs of Victory Mission spent part of Friday nailing together wooden pallets to make a framework for their annual tree-sales stand at Santiam Boulevard and Clay Street.
It may seem early, but experience has shown George Matland, the leader of the mission, that it’s not too early when you want to sell a lot of Christmas trees.
Sales will start today (Saturday, Nov. 10), George told me when I stopped by on Friday afternoon. They’ll continue until Christmas Eve. Or until they run out? No, George said. “If we run out we’ll get more.”
The mission buys its supply from a Christmas tree farm near Dallas. And this year they hope to match a previous year’s total and sell 2,000. Proceeds help keep the mission’s shelter and programs going. That’s crucial for a lot of people.
The new Signs of Victory shelter in the Jackson Hill Neighborhood, across Jackson Street from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, has been busy this fall. From Thursday to Friday, the first night of freezing temperatures, it housed 119 people who had no other place to go. (hh)