Aunt Leah's Place

PRESS RELEASE: Aunt Leah’s Trees (2016)

A Shortage of Trees, but an Abundance of Love

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – You may notice there are less Christmas Tree Lots operating this year,
thats because the Pacific Northwest is having a shortage of trees. However, this isn’t holding
Aunt Leah’s back from having it’s biggest year ever.

“When we began ordering trees for this season, we were informed by some of our suppliers that there was a shortage, due to many farmers in Washington and Oregon changing crops over the last decade. Luckily we secured our order, but other lots might not be as fortunate” – Angelina Oates (Director of Training & Social Enterprises, Aunt Leah’s Place)

Aunt Leah’s orders its Trees from multiple partners, which helps them keep up with growing
demand. Many people purchase their live trees, as it is environmentally friendly, and gives
families an opportunity to “buy it forward” as they get into the spirit of the season.
100% of the proceeds from each sale, goes to programming that helps prevent foster youth
from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. In BC, 45%
of foster youth will experience homelessness at some point (Rutman, UVIC, 2007). Aunt Leah’s
innovative family model helped 90% of its participants maintain safe and secure housing. The
majority of these youth also received job certifications or worked towards
completing their educational goals.

For over 20 years Aunt Leah’s Trees has been selling quality, Pacific Northwest Christmas Trees
to communities across Metro Vancouver. With 5 locations (Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam,
North Vancouver), staffed by over 450 volunteers, Aunt Leah’s Trees is one of the largest charity
tree lot’s in Canada. The tree lots are also the site of Aunt Leah’s Retail Training program,
helping to give youth in care the skills to obtain employment. For more information or to buy a
tree online visit: auntleahs.org

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Media Contact:
Clete Hanson
Aunt Leah’s Place
chanson@auntleahs.org
604 525 1204 ext. 233

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