Minot celebrates the Festival of Trees

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MINOT, N.D. - The holidays are the season of giving and in Minot community members are giving to a local clinic in a big way.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner it's a great time to get into the Christmas spirit...and Minot's annual Festival of Trees is all about holiday cheer.
"It's a good way to kick off the holiday season and it's a very fun and festive event," says Amanda Olson, Festival of Trees Co-Chair.

But it's also about giving back.
"This is the fourth year that we've been doing Festival of Trees and the proceeds benefit Dakota Hope Clinic and they use those funds for basic operating costs for the clinic," says Olson.
This year more than 15 businesses decorated Christmas trees to be auctioned off. Each year the event raises often raising hundreds of dollars.
"Anytime you can give back to your community it's important and this is a great event and it goes to a good organization to help them out. So we just wanted to do it to help out," says Jason Burkhard, Burkhard Orthodontics Orthodontist.

And the help can go further than you think.
"It's fine to kind of see how generous people will get with their giving back here to it. Because the trees, they go for a good amount, and that's the idea," says Burkhard.
Showing how sharing a little holiday cheer can transform the lives of others in the community.

The event wrapped up around nine pm tonight but you can still donate to the Dakota Hope Clinic by visiting its website.