Good Shepherd Ministries holding annual Christmas tree sale

Good Shepherd Ministries holding annual Christmas tree sale (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - If you’re looking to buy a Christmas tree, now is the perfect time to get out your wallet.

Good Shepherd Ministries is holding its second annual Christmas tree sale.

“We’re a faith-based program. We run three recovery houses down on Linden Avenue,” program director Shawn Trapp said. “We’re just kind of trying to bring the joy back into the community because over here on the east side of Linden, there’s been a lot of downward things happening.”

The Good Shepherd Ministries homes are decked out in Christmas lights and decorations, and there’s a reason for that.

“There’s a little bit of a stigma with recovery houses so we’re just trying to fix up the neighborhood and be good neighbors and give back to the community,” Trapp said.

Good Shepherd Ministries has been a healing place for men who are battling addiction and has helped them turn their lives around.

“It’s really just given me a peace of mind,” client Tim Collins said. “For so long with drugs and alcohol, I isolated and this is just bringing me closer to myself and my friends and just spiritually I feel so good.”

“I’m coming up on eight months [sober] on the 20th of this month, so it’s really helped me realize and take care of my family and do the right thing,” house manager Earl Hipsher said.

All money will go directly to Good Shepherd to help the men provide Christmas gifts for their kids and for kids in the community.

“We take a lot of pride with being a positive influence in the neighborhood,” house manager Brendan Gliech said. “Multiple times a week we go around and pick up the garbage, look out for our neighbors, watch the property, we cut her grass, and help her out with what she needs.”

There are about 20 trees left at the following prices, with room for negotiating:

  • 7 foot starting at $58.
  • 8 foot $80.
  • 9 foot $98.

The Christmas tree sales are happening at 115 East Third Street in Dayton.

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