By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter —
This story first appeared online on Nov. 15, 2020.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation.
“The holidays are a time for thinking about others, and as you do, take a moment to think about what you can do to protect the beauty and splendor of the Earth,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We encourage everyone to give gifts that will have a lasting impact for generations to come.”
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, celebrate and nurture trees.
The following items are offered for this holiday season:
Give-A-Tree® cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a special holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. And again, this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text. Cards can be purchased for $6.95.
Purchasing the Arbor Day Foundation’s coffee helps preserve rain forests in Central and South America. The Foundation’s coffee, a part of the Rain Forest Rescue® program, is shade-grown under the canopy of Latin American rain forests. Unlike sun-grown coffee farms, this traditional shade-grown method gives the coffee a rich and delicious flavor. Cost per bag is $18.94, including shipping.
The Foundation’s Trees in Celebration program allows the giver to honor loved ones while supporting crucial conservation efforts. For every two dollars donated, one tree is planted in a high-need forest, and recipients are given a certificate showing them where the trees were planted.
The Trees in Memory program will honor friends and loved ones with the gift of tress planted in one of the nation’s forests.
Forests provide wildlife habitat, natural beauty and recreational opportunities. They filter the air and water, and they are vital to life as we know it. Learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation’s reforestation efforts.
Give the gift of membership with the Arbor Day Foundation. Recipients will be sent 10 free trees, which will be shipped at the right time of year for planting. Memberships begin with a $10 contribution.
Membership packages also include tree and shrub discounts in the Online Tree Nursery, a subscription to the Arbor Day bimonthly newsletter, and The Tree Book, a useful guide to planting and caring for your trees
Holiday gift stocking stuffers include t-shirts, hats, keychains, socks, candles, caps, 16 ounce ‘swiggy’ bottles, puzzles, journals, and stainless steel straw sets.