It’s homecoming for The Youth Center this year with their 20th annual holiday tree lot back in Los Alamitos. Last year, the award-winning nonprofit was temporarily relocated to Cypress due to construction at Ganahl Lumber, but now they’re back.
“We’ll always be grateful to the City of Cypress for giving us a temporary home,” Youth Center Executive Director Lina Lumme said. “However, we’re very excited to be back home at Ganahl Lumber, where we originally started selling trees for cause 20 years ago.”
Not only do 100 percent of tree lot proceeds go to support kids, other nonprofits in Los Alamitos benefit as well including Precious Life Shelter, Casa Youth Shelter, Grateful Hearts and We Care of Los Alamitos. Through a partnership with We Care of Los Alamitos, free trees are annually provided to families in need.
Three kinds of trees including Noble, Nordman Fir, and Douglas Fir will be sold along with wreaths, garland and other holiday items when the lot opens Nov. 30 to Dec. 17 in the Ganahl Lumber parking lot located at 10742 Los Alamitos Blvd., in Los Alamitos. Lot hours are weekdays noon to 9 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Youth volunteers ages 14+ can gain valuable customer service skills and community service hours by working at the tree lot. A mandatory training for all volunteers planning to sell trees is scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Youth Center at 10909 Oak Street in Los Alamitos.
“Over 350 volunteers from local schools and businesses help us every season,” Youth Center Executive Assistant Julie Rubin said. “There’s nothing like being around the wonderful scent of pine while helping families find the perfect tree.”
Selecting a tree from the Youth Center is an annual tradition for many, with every penny raised going directly to their After School programs, Music program, the Leadership Academy, “Every 15 Minutes” Camp SHARK and Teen Camp.
“The proceeds fund scholarships for low-income families and allow us to provide top quality and affordable programs to our community,” Executive Director Lina Lumme said. “We can’t thank Chad Kidder, General Manager at Ganahl, and the entire Ganahl Lumber family for helping us for the 20th year in a row.”
The Youth Center is looking for holiday tree lot volunteers (ages 14+). Volunteers must attend the mandatory training on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at The Youth Center located at 10909 Oak Street in Los Alamitos. There is no volunteer parking allowed at Ganahl Lumber. For more information about The Youth Center, please visit online at www.theyouthcenter.org.
This article was released by The Youth Center.