Woodlands Festival of Trees raises more than $3K for Upstate nonprofit

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — Using the proceeds from their annual Festival of Trees holiday display, The Woodlands at Furman retirement community recently made a donation of more than $3,000 to Safe Harbor, an Upstate nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence.

Twenty organizations participated in this year’s event, which allows local businesses and organizations to sponsor and decorate one of dozens of Christmas trees throughout the Woodlands campus.

This is the fifth year that the Woodlands has hosted the Festival of Trees, and a different nonprofit is chosen to receive the proceeds each year.

“This year, we chose to support Safe Harbor because of their mission to supporting women and families, and the work they do to strengthen our community,” said Debbie Wilson, Festival of Trees coordinator.

The Woodland’s tradition of giving back extends beyond the holidays. Past charitable events have included participation in Red Nose Day to support local children’s charities and donations of over 81 cases of bottled water to support South Carolina flood relief.

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