Prominently displayed on the busy corner of Broadway and Cook Street in the Santa Maria, the community Christmas tree is now the centerpiece of a new fundraiser called the “Holiday Spirit Project.”
“It’s a fundraising effort for People for Leisure and Youth Inc., which is a local non-profit that provides support for recreation and leisure programs in the community,” said Santa Maria recreation supervisor Cindy Barcelona-Hoskins. “We wanted to come up with an effort to be fun and something that the community could partake in.”
Funds are raised through the purchase of a special $20 ornament, which will hang on the tree. People have the opportunity to choose one of five different designs and write a name on it. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations are invited to take part in the project.
“It’s just a nice way to honor your family, honor maybe someone who is no longer with you this holiday season,” said Barcelona-Hoskins.
Barcelona-Hoskins noted all money raised will go directly towards helping out the youth in the city.
“The money will go specifically to leisure and recreation programs,” said Barcelona-Hoskins. “A lot of it goes towards helping kids getting into different recreation programs they might not have the opportunity to be involved in.”
Finding positive outlets for area youth has been a point of emphasis for Santa Maria leaders, especially over the past year.
“There is definitely a true need for getting our youth in the community involved in positive recreation experiences and PLAY Inc. is really making strides in offering that opportunity for kids,” Barcelona-Hoskins said.
Ornament sales for Holiday Spirit Project will conclude Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m.
Anyone with questions can called the Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 ext. 2260.