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Trees from Annual Convention find homes with vets, retirees

By Samantha Johnson, The New Grange Newsletter (1/18/13)

  JANUARY 23, 2013 --

Decorated Christmas trees, representing the Western Region States, Youth, Juniors and National Grange, were donated after display at the 146th Annual National Grange Convention to veterans homes, retirement centers and assisted living facilities to brighten residents’ holidays.

The 10 trees, adorned with many homemade ornaments by Grange members, were on display in the Boise Centre lobby for Grange members from across the country to enjoy Nov. 13-17.

From there, the trees were taken by Western Region members to Hope House in Marsing, Idaho; Applewood Assisted Living; Park Center Assisted Living; Trista Wolf Assisted Living all three of their locations; Hillcrest Retirement Home in their two locations; and the last three trees went to the Idaho State Veterans Home.

National Master Ed Luttrell said the Christmas tree tradition at National Session is reflective of the values of our organization.

“We are so happy to share these homemade items with all our Brothers and Sisters and with those outside the Grange who come to benefit from the decorated trees, lifting their spirits during the holiday season,” Luttrell said.

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