A Very Merry Christmas it Was

By: Jim Willhight

Thank you to all who purchased Christmas Trees and Wreaths from Albany Helping Hands this past holiday season.  Also thanks to the AHH Staff, Guests and Volunteers who helped make this venture profitable.

The 2015 holiday season was a very good year for Christmas Tree and Holiday Wreath Sales at Albany Helping Hands  with a year to year sales increase:of  62%.

We added a fifth lot  and moved one tree lot sited in 2014 on the old Mark Thomas Motors lot on Pacific Avenue to a Ninth Street Location by M & M Motors.

Both of the new locations preformed above expectations with the new tree lot located at the Heritage Mall, outperforming all other lot locations.  

Another factor in the increase of sales was the Wreaths4Kids joint fundraising program where customers buy wreath gift certificates which they then redeem for a large wreath. 

The program involved two youth groups (St. Mary’s Parish and First Assembly) and one school (Albany Christian) selling the product.  The wreaths were constructed by Albany Helping Hands guests and volunteers help decorate each wreath. . 

The three youth groups sold over 150 wreaths, resulting in $3000.00 net sales. The total was split between the three youth groups and Albany Helping Hands.  

Thanks to all who purchased a holiday wreath or Christmas Tree from Albany Helping Hands. We will be back with Christmas Trees, Holiday Wreaths and more right after Thanksgiving 2016.