BOGO Christmas Trees are back with a new way to give
By Sandra Ecklund
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- With the motto, "Every child deserves a tree," the company that sprang up last year to help needy families get a fresh tree for Christmas is back with a brand new location.
Last year, people who wanted to not only order a fresh-cut Fraser Fir or wreath for the holidays but have one donated to a family in need, could go online to do so through The BOGO Christmas Tree Delivery Company.
This year, anyone who wants to help a low-income family get a free tree can do so at an actual Christmas tree lot and save money in the process.
The BOGO Christmas Tree lot will be open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday at Blackbeard's Cove Family Fun Park in Mt. Pleasant ( 3255 N. Highway 17). Trees will be available through December 23.
"We were looking everywhere for a lot and felt so discouraged because it was very difficult," said company co-founder Katrina Naz. "We were driving past Blackbeard's and it just clicked! It's a family and festive place and we are obviously very family oriented. They also do this great "18 holes of Christmas" putt-putt course that is a perfect paring. We thought it would be a win-win-win for everyone- parents can teach a lesson in giving, kids can enjoy the festive environment and a Lowcountry family gets a tree. It totally beats just grabbing a tree on the drive home."
An added bonus for tree-hunters is a lower price. Because the trees are there for the picking, BOGO Christmas Trees can sell them for $20 less than their online trees since delivery is not required.
If you'd rather do your Christmas tree shopping online and have your tree or wreath delivered, you can do so but delivery is only available within Charleston County.
One difference with online ordering this year is that you pick a weekend (not a specific Saturday or Sunday) and your tree will be delivered on either Friday or Saturday of that weekend.
For every tree or wreath that's purchased, BOGO Christmas Trees will donate a wreath or five-to-seven foot tree to a family in need in the Charleston area. The company does this through a partner ship with Communities in Schools.
Last year, students at Angel Oak Elementary were given their choice of trees to take home. Click here to see more on last year's event.
"We are trying to create a family tradition out of giving this season," said co-founder, Burke Limbach. "Buying a Christmas Tree should be something that feels good and is fun. The kids who received the 75 trees at our donation event last year were glowing. It was absolutely amazing and we can't wait to host the event this year."
A new lot isn't the only development for the growing company. Another school will be getting a supply of free trees.
On December 8, the students of Edith L. Frierson will also get to pick out their own tenenbaums this year along with the kids at Angel Oak.
If you're interested in helping with the BOGO tree donation, you can do so even if you don't want to buy a tree or if you use a faux tree every year.