Christ Tree giving tradition continues

SPECIAL TREE — The Christ Tree was initiated in 2005 at Point Pleasant United Methodist Church in New Cumberland by Bill Glass as a way to raise money for charitable causes. Since its inception it has generated more than $29,000 to benefit local charities. Visiting the tree recently were family members from South Carolina — Glass’ grandson, Jonathon Glass, left, and Glass’ son, John Glass. -- Contributed

NEW CUMBERLAND — Once again the Christ Tree, a giving tradition of more than 10 years, is up at Point Pleasant United Methodist Church on Wylie Ridge Road in New Cumberland.

“This tree, a vehicle for local charitable giving, resulted from the witness of Bill Glass in 2005,” explained church member Tonya Moran. “Every year since, the Christ Tree is decorated with red and green envelopes which signify a donation. The envelope shows the names the givers wish to honor or memorialize with their donation,” she noted.

Over the years, the Christ Tree has raised more than $29,000 for local charities with this year’s collection designated to be equally divided between the New Cumberland Food Closet and the New Cumberland/New Manchester Ministerial Fund.

Donations can be made by visiting Point Pleasant Church on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. or by mailing them to Judy Tate at 298 Chapman Road, New Cumberland, or to the church at P.O. Box 386, New Cumberland, WV 26047. Checks should be made payable to Point Pleasant Church with “The Christ Tree” in the memo line.

“Due to the loss of his beloved wife, Freida, and Bill’s failing health, he no longer personally collects donations but delights in learning of each gift made and feels this tree continues to witness to those who receive the call and follow through,” Moran noted.