Video: Holy Rosary Tree Lot opens, 4 beneficiaries this year

It’s the only Christmas tree lot in West Seattle where the trees get blessed. A few hours after the Holy Rosary School Tree Lot opened for the season this afternoon, we were there as Father John Madigan (with an assist by young Sam Lee) presided over the annual Blessing of the Trees:

In addition to supporting the school, 15 percent of the tree lot’s proceeds go toward four beneficiaries this year: West Seattle Food Bank, the Salvation Army‘s Hickman House domestic-violence shelter, and West Seattle Helpline, as usual, plus the Ed Kingston Memorial Fund. This is the lot’s second year on school property next to the playground (41st/Dakota); you can see the hours, and the merchandise, here. (A full roster of West Seattle tree sellers is on the WSB West Seattle Holiday Events and Info page.)

2 Replies to "Video: Holy Rosary Tree Lot opens, 4 beneficiaries this year"

  • CurlyQ November 26, 2011 (8:53 pm)

    Wow, that’s so cool! We’ve been getting our tree from them for years to support the organizations, but I never knew they were blessed. Or at least, not by a priest (but blessed by the good they do in the community).

  • lady November 27, 2011 (6:42 pm)

    I agree! A very appropriate gesture. I usually reuse my fake tree each year, but this story has me gravitating towards purchasing a fresh one ;)

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