Local church selling Christmas trees to help local, national non-profits

Published: Nov. 28, 2018 at 11:09 PM EST
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Josh Waters, a kids pastor at Freedom House Church in Knoxville, says that their organization is helping local and national non-profits by selling trees.

"Buy a tree, change a life," Waters told WVLT News.

The organization began 10 years ago in Florida and was started by Travis and Kelly Johnson. "They started this just to sell...for a church fundraiser, and it grew into what it is now."

According to Waters, 48 churches around the U.S. sell trees for global and local non-profits. Their church is involved because their pastor is good friends with Travis Johnson.

Freedom House has been involved for the last four years.

"These are actually trees that are going to change a kid's life," Waters continued.

The church has a total of 300 trees ready to sell, but they've been open for five days and have sold 120.

"I'm hoping to sell out within the next week," Waters said.

"Last year, we raised $15,000, and we're looking this year to raise $17,000."

You can pick up the perfect tree at 132 Lovell Road. They are open from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The volunteers will be there on Sunday, too, from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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