Light the Way wreath

The Light the Way wreath marks the holiday season.

WOOSTER – The American Red Cross Lake Erie/Heartland Chapter announced the annual Festival of Trees, sponsored by The Akron Brass Company, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Shisler Conference Center in Wooster.

The event helps raise funds for the Red Cross to help residents who are affected by disasters like home fires and flooding in Ashland, Holmes, Richland and Wayne counties.

“We support the American Red Cross and their mission, which is to prevent and alleviate human suffering,” said Chris Davis, the Festival of Trees honorary co-chair. “I think of them as the number one second responder, right after police and fire, our first responders. Your contribution to help stays here for local disaster services and programs.”

Nome wreath

The Nome Wreath marks the holiday season.

The Festival of Trees, one of the area’s premiere holiday events since 1990, has generated funds for local Red Cross disaster relief for families experiencing home fires, floods or tornados.

The fundraising event features beautifully decorated holiday trees, wreaths, centerpieces and baskets donated by local artisans and decorators. The holiday decorations will be auctioned at the event.

Additionally, local companies have donated wonderful and unique items for the auction, such as a ride for two on the Goodyear blimp and a trip to Disney World.

This year, the Red Cross will be offering a family friendly preview event, which is open to the public, on Dec. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. The preview will give everyone a firsthand look at all auction items.

The night will include a visit from Santa Claus, a cookie workshop for the kids and entertainment. If interested in being a designer for the event, please contact the Red Cross office in Wooster at 330-264-9383. Limited space is available. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, visit or contact Christina Ennis at

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