Coles garden centre tree sale benefits local causes

Two decades of Christmas charity Pieter van Hiel/Staff Photo For 20 years, Coles Florist and Garden Centre has been donating proceeds from the sale of their Christmas trees to local charities. The tradition continues this year. Pictured from left to right are Bryan Piersma, Dave DeVries, Harry DeVries and Jerry Clattenburg.
Two decades of Christmas charity
Pieter van Hiel/Staff Photo
For 20 years, Coles Florist and Garden Centre has been donating proceeds from the sale of their Christmas trees to local charities. The tradition continues this year. Pictured from left to right are Bryan Piersma, Dave DeVries, Harry DeVries and Jerry Clattenburg.

Grimsby Lincoln News
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GRIMSBY – After 20 years, you can call it a Christmas tradition. In 1993, Cole’s Florist and Garden Centre started selling Christmas trees for local charities as a church venture. As the practice grew, Cole’s owner Henry DeVries moved the tree sale to his garden centre, where it has continued ever since. Last year, the sale of Christmas trees raised about $10,000 for local charities.

“All the proceeds go to charities, and we have lots of different kinds of fresh trees,” said DeVries.

Money gained through the sale of trees is donated to six local charities, Upper Deck Youth Centre in Vineland, the Grimsby Life Centre, Grimsby Benevolent Fund, McNally House hospice, West Lincoln Community Care and Community Care of West Niagara.

DeVries said choosing a natural Christmas tree is something people do for a variety of reasons, including tradition, the natural beauty, as well as the fragrance of the trees. With the charity sale, he said, choosing a real tree gives people a chance to give back to community at the same time. By having multiple charities, the money goes further in helping a wide variety of causes.

“We’ve been doing this for 20 years, so we know our supplier is definitely giving up the best trees,” said David DeVries, Harry’s son.

Cole’s Florist and Garden Centre is located at 147 Main St. E. in Grimsby. For more information, call 905-945-2219.