The Badlands Community Facility ran a new fundraiser this year, and it was a smash success. The Trail of Trees silent auction raised over $1,600 for Jumpstart, a charity which helps make sports affordable for all Canadian kids.

Xmas trees

Erika Crocker is one of the organizers of this year's auction.

"Trail of Trees is an event that we ran last year, so companies, organizations, people, groups had donated trees to our program that went and then dispensed throughout the community," she explained. "So then, this year, we did a silent auction with all the proceeds going towards Jumpstart."

The number of donated trees jumped this year. Plans are already in place for next year, and there's talk of having a "favourite tree" contest.

"Last year, we only had 15 trees," said Crocker. "This year we had 21 and it's starting to create a little bit more of a buzz. People are already asking 'When's the next one, when's the next one?' So, in 2018 it'll be on Nov. 30."

If you missed Trail of Trees and can't wait until next year, Crocker says you can still come on down to the BCF. Some of the trees haven't been picked up yet and the BCF is still fantastically festive.

"We've got two 12-foot trees, we've got a 10-foot tree, we've got a nine-foot tree, we've got little ones all over the place, we've got garland everywhere. We go all out."

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