Thank you for purchasing your Christmas tree from DCC’s Buy A Tree, Change A Life! Your purchase will change the lives of children locally and globally! Help us reach out even more by spreading the word and let your friends know where they can buy a tree that will change lives!
1. Take a selfie with your tree or take a picture of your decorated tree.
2. Post your picture on Social Media.
3. Be sure to use the hashtag #BATCALnewberry and check in to Destiny Community Church (20820 W Newberry Road.)
4. Tag your friends in your post encouraging them to Buy A Tree, Change A Life!
Buy A Tree, Change A Life Story
In 2012, a family at Life Pointe Church in Homestead, FL was adopting a child from Ethiopia. $25,000 was needed for the adoption. The Life Group they attended in the church decided to sell Christmas trees to raise the money. 450 Christmas trees were sold. $25,000 was raised.
Since that first year of BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called ForHope.Us was founded. Other churches were invited to join the project with the intent of giving all of the money away to help children in their community as well as across the world in some very difficult places. In partnership with local churches and People for Care and Learning, BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE. has given away almost 4 million dollars to help children.
Looking for a church home?
If you’re looking for a church home, we would love to have you at Destiny Community Church! Worship services take place on Sunday mornings at 9:00am and 11:00am. Destiny Kids is offered for children ages 0 through 5th grade.
How to Care for Your Farm-Grown Christmas Tree
Use lots of water – When a Christmas tree is cut, more than half its weight is water. With proper care, you can maintain the quality of your tree. Below are a number of tips on caring for your tree:
- Displaying trees in water in a traditional reservoir type stand is the most effective way of maintaining their freshness and minimizing needle loss problems.
- To display the trees indoors, use a stand with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Devices are available that help maintain a constant water level in the stand.
- Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
- Make a fresh cut to remove about a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. Don’t cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, which makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand and also reduces the amount of water available to the tree.
- Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does NOT improve water uptake.
- Once home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. Most species can go 6 to 8 hours after cutting the trunk and still take up water. Don’t bruise the cut surface or get it dirty. If needed, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water.
- The temperature of the water used to fill the stand is not important and does not affect water uptake.
- Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.
- Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.
- Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree.
- Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set.
- Do not overload electrical circuits.
- Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.
- Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is very dry, remove it from the house.
- Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.