Festival of Trees in El Dorado Helping the Less Fortunate

By David Cawton | dcawton@nbc10news.net

Published 11/25 2013 06:52PM

Updated 11/25 2013 06:54PM

EL DORADO -- In South Arkansas, volunteers in El Dorado want to help make Christmas a reality for those less fortunate.

Folks are busy stringing lights and placing the final touches on more than 40 Christmas trees.

The trees are being donated to families in union county during the Festival of Trees at the South Arkansas Arts Center.

Organizers say they'll stay on display for folks to view  in the main gallery of the arts center until December 9th.

And then - they'll be sent to their new homes.

"We take them down December the 10th... The families will come and the Salvation Army coordinates it. The families come and they pick up the trees and sometimes they stuff them in the back of a Toyota Carolla sometimes it's in the back of a pick-up," said Jack Wilson, Executive Director of SAAC. "Local community organizations or local families... Or local businesses adopt them and decorate them and then we, through the Salvation Army distribute them to needy families throughout the county."

Each year, Deltic Timber Corporation donates the trees as a way to give back to the community.

They hope to make the holidays a little brighter for less fortunate families.

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