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Posted: 12/05/12

A GIVING TREE. Above, Samaritan House volunteers and workers prepare to decorate the organization's tree for the second Christmas Celebration Tree fundraiser. From left, Mary Hendershot, Deanna Govaere, Judy Barron and Ann Tomlanovich. The program will provide donors with two ornaments: A keepsake and one the Samaritan House will hang on its tree with the name a donor wishes to honor or memorialize.

(Observer photo by Chris Gray)

Samaritan House holds
2nd ornament fundraiser

Observer Staff Writer

      The gift of giving could be the perfect gift for others this holiday season.
       Samaritan House is holding its second Christmas Celebration Tree program to raise money for its programs and to honor loved ones from Nov. 12 to Dec. 19.
       The non-profit organization is asking for a $25 donation that purchases two ornaments. The first ornament will be a bulb hung on the organization's Christmas tree that will read "in honor of" or "in memory of" followed by the name given by the donor.
       The tree, donated by Joe Randazzo's Nursery, was planted in the fall in front of the organization's building.
       The second ornament is a special edition antique gold tone wreath given to the donor. The donor is encouraged to hold onto it or give it to the person they are honoring.
       Ann Tomlanovich, development coordinator for Samaritan House, said since the fundraiser began they have already sold around 25 ornaments.
       "Overall, the plan is to have a unique, nice keepsake ornament every year so it becomes a bit of a collectible," she said.
       A total of 100 ornaments are available for this year's program. Ornaments will be available until Dec. 19, with the decoration of the tree beginning this week.
       Last year's fundraiser saw about 80 of the ornaments purchased, raising around $2,000 for Samaritan House programs such as food and utility assistance.
       Samaritan House is governed by local churches that serves individuals and families in the villages of Armada and Romeo and the townships of Armada, Bruce, Macomb, Ray, Shelby and Washington.
       Ornaments can be purchased at the Samaritan House or online at
       Samaritan House is located at 62324 Van Dyke in Washington Township, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

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