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Festival Of Trees Kicks Off 36th Year In Boise

Tess Goodwin/ Boise State Public Radio

Mother and daughter duo Karen Hendricks and Karisa Baker place small pickups on the branches of a flocked tree. They’ve been decorating trees together for about 17 years.


"I saw these red trucks and I just kind of wanted to get the old fashioned Christmas when you were a kid and thinking about going to Grandma's and old fashioned toys," Hendricks said.

They are surrounded by dozens of other decorators covering trees with birds, wine and even sloths.

The Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser for the hospital. Businesses, schools and community members craft wreaths and trees and then they are auctioned off. Each year, the event funds different programs of the medical center. 

Launa Rightmeier has been volunteering for about 25 years and works roughly 100 hours during the week of the festival. One year the festival raised money for the intensive care unit and she soon saw how her volunteering was more than a holiday tradition. 

“Right after the festival, one of our neighborhood kids was hit crossing the street and was in intensive care for 17 days. So that year, we really did what we needed to do", said Rightmeier.

This year, money will go to a mobile breast cancer screening program. Although the trees are the stars of the show, the event will also host dance performances, holiday face painting and photos with Santa.

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