Christmas tree ornament challenge raises money for non-profit

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Many families are putting up their Christmas trees and are decorating them with ornaments collected through the years.

Some of those ornaments symbolize special moments and it does for one non-profit too.

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Elizabeth’s Village is a non-profit in Georgetown. It helps women and children dealing with homelessness and poverty.

Executive director, Kandice Whitehouse says the need is great and finding funds is a challenge.

“We run out of funds every month to assist with outreach clients so we never quite meet all the need,” said Kandice Whitehouse, Executive Director.



Whitehouse found an unique way to raise money. She put a tree in the lobby and created the Christmas tree ornament challenge.

The goal is to the fill the tree with ornaments. Every time someone makes a donation they write their name on an ornament and hang it on the tree.

“The ornament doesn’t have a set price so just five dollars, we appreciate that five dollars. We’ve had people donate up to a thousand,” said Whitehouse.

The tree started with zero ornaments and within days there were 25 on the tree.

Julie Robertson donated and she says it makes her feel good knowing she’s helping people in her hometown.

“You can actually see the fruit of that donation, that labor, that gift,” said Julie Robertson.

Whitehouse says the donations will help support outreach and a transitional home for women and children.