Christmas trees are once again aglow for a cause at Luzerne County Community College.
The entries in the fifth annual LCCC Festival of Trees were decorated by local businesses hoping to collect the most $1 votes to feed the area’s hungry.
LCCC spokeswoman Lisa Nelson said all money raised is going to St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre.
The voting took place at the festival opening and continued through the week, but the trees are on display through Dec. 20 in the Educational Conference Center on the Nanticoke campus.
“I think they did a beautiful job,” said Hanover Township resident Mary Humiston, who took in the variety of trees with her husband, Ken, on Dec. 9. “I really couldn’t pick a favorite.”
She said it was their first time at the tree festival. A friend who works at the college suggested they see the trees.
“I teach, so we had a snow day,” the Holy Redeemer High School teacher said.
She liked the cupcake-shaped ornaments on the tree decorated by Sanitary Bakery of Nanticoke.
“The Nanticoke Historical Society tree had pictures of old buildings,” Humiston said. “People enjoyed looking at that.”
Those who attended the opening gathering on Dec. 6 were treated to light refreshments and seasonal entertainment by the Dallas Middle School Select Chorus.
The tree display is free, and the public can see it in the center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday.
Humiston said she and her husband almost didn’t go but decided to make the time.
“If you can’t take time to enjoy pretty things like that in your own hometown, there’s something wrong,” she said.
Businesses that decorated trees for this year’s tree festival are: Hampton House, UGI Utilities Inc., South Valley Chamber of Commerce, Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, South Valley Relay for Life, Nanticoke Historical Society, First National Community Bank, Alden Manor Complex, Choice One Community Credit Union, Rustic Kitchen, Sanitary Bakery, and Classic Properties.