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Tour the Christmas spirit with Kinderhaven

by ANNISA KEITH
Staff Writer | December 5, 2021 1:00 AM

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Kinderhaven’s Tour of Trees is back for the holiday season. Like last year, the socially distanced event can be found throughout the downtown area now through Dec. 12.

Tree decorating will wrap up this weekend, and online bidding will begin Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Beyond trees, other events in this year’s fundraising event include an online silent auction and giving tree. Both are located at Kinderhaven headquarters, 113 Main Street, for those interested in viewing silent auction items or snagging an ornament from the giving tree.

Items purchased for the giving tree can be dropped off Kinderhaven headquarters, or mailed to P.O. Box 2097 in Sandpoint.

“Our community is so giving,” said Terri Palmer, one of the fundraising coordinators for Kinderhaven. “Every single year we make our goal.”

Although Kinderhaven gets funding from the state, it only accounts for about 15% of its budget. Kinderhaven serves as an emergency shelter and group home for abused and neglected children, and relies heavily on local donations.

According to Palmer, Kinderhaven’s next goal is to construct a boys home.

“You can’t kick these boys out on the street,” she said. “We have a more nurturing atmosphere for them.”

Other events in this year’s fundraiser are the Slip & Sleigh raffle and virtual paddle raise. Anyone interested in making a monetary donation will be matched by Ting Mobile up to $5,000. The Sip & Sleigh raffle, also called the “booze sled,” contains hundreds of dollars worth of wine, spirits, and foods that pair with them. Raffle tickets are $25 for one or $100 for five.

“This one event keeps the doors open,” Palmer said. “Our community rocks, I’ll tell ya.”

More information about Kinderhaven can be found on their website at kinderhavensandpoint.com. To register for the online silent auction, go to kinderhavensandpoint.ejoinme.org/touroftrees. For financial security, bidders will have to create an account before being able to participate.

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Maddox Kurtz decorates a Christmas tree at McDuff's Brewing Company on Friday. Trees go up for bid online beginning Dec. 8.

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Maddox Kurtz decorates a Christmas tree at McDuff's Brewing Company on Friday. Trees go up for bid online beginning Dec. 8.

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Maddox Kurtz and Kari Palmer decorate a Christmas tree at McDuff's Brewing Company on Friday.

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Kari Palmer decorates a Christmas tree at McDuff's Brewing Company on Friday. Over 20 trees will go up for bid as a part of Kinderhaven's annual fundraiser.

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Kinderhaven is back this December with the "Tour or Trees." The fundraiser makes a large portion of Kinderhaven's annual budget.The community can participate by taking an ornament and purchasing the highly needed household supplies for Kinderhaven.

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(Photo by ANNISA KEITH)

Kinderhaven is back this December with the "Tour or Trees." The fundraiser makes a large portion of Kinderhaven's annual budget. The community can participate by taking an ornament and purchasing the highly needed household supplies for Kinderhaven.

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(Photo by ANNISA KEITH)

Kinderhaven is back this December with the "Tour or Trees." The fundraiser makes a large portion of Kinderhaven's annual budget.

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(Photo by ANNISA KEITH)

Kinderhaven's "Tour or Trees" makes a large portion of its annual budget. The community can participate by taking an ornament and purchasing the highly needed household supplies for Kinderhaven.

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(Photo by ANNISA KEITH)

Silent auction items for Kinderhaven's "Tour of Trees" fundraiser can be viewed in person at the Kinderhaven headquarters, 113 Main Street, through Dec. 11.

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