Lake County Habitat for Humanity hosts holiday tree auction

Lake County Habitat for Humanity will host a holiday cheer event Saturday, Dec. 17, featuring the auction of decorated Christmas trees.

Lake County Habitat for Humanity will host a holiday cheer event Saturday, Dec. 17, featuring the auction of decorated Christmas trees.

Courtesy photo/Lake County Habitat for Humanity ReStore

BALDWIN — Lake County Habitat for Humanity ReStore is getting into the spirit of the season. A holiday tree auction will not only help people lay down roots in new and critically repaired homes, but also will benefit a new local charity.

The holiday cheer event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the ReStore, 9733 S. M-37, just south of Houseman's Grocery. There will be cocoa and cookies from 10 a.m. until noon, and beginning at noon, decorated Christmas trees will be auctioned. A Christmas clearance sale will follow the auction.

All proceeds from the Christmas tree auction will benefit St. Ann's Grandmother's Cupboard Baby Pantry, where mothers can find diapers, wipes, bottles, baby food, formula, shampoo, lotions, toys, baby clothes and more for their baby.

"Lake County is home to so many wonderful nonprofits and community partners that enrich our community in different ways. While much has already been done, these community partners depend on each other, which enables our community to collaboratively offer concrete help during a time of need," Lake County Habitat for Humanity Director Denise Suttles said.

Suttles shares how in reaching out to the community, Lake County Habitat for Humanity has accomplished a lot this past year.

"In 2022, Lake County Habitat for Humanity has really realized how important it is to have safe and affordable housing, but that’s what Habitat does," she said. "Speaking of safety, many Lake County resident’s homes need critical repair. This year we addressed critical systems that impact health and safety. Homes were repaired, or built for families who could not otherwise afford to accomplish these tasks. One instance was a disabled veteran.  Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped make home ownership a reality for this local resident."

Plans are now in the works to break ground for the organization's 95th home in spring 2023.

If anyone would like to be a part of the change they would like to see in the community, Suttles said there are several ways to get involved.

"Contribute your talents and time to lift up other families, lift up your own, bond with others and even to get in shape," she added.

For more information regarding Lake County Habitat’s services, opportunities for volunteering and making a charitable donation, please contact (231) 745 2688.