Celebration and tree raffle planned by HCHS

Delhi — Looking to don that Santa’s cap a little early this year? Christmas can’t come soon enough for you? If you want to catch the Holiday Spirit early, the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS) invites you to their annual Holiday for the Heart Celebration and Tree Raffle.
Each year, the animal shelter hosts Holiday for the Heart, a collection of holiday trees which are raffled off at the end of a weeklong display. This year’s fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) on Route 10, Delhi.
New this year, decorated trees will be on display at DCHA from Monday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. People can purchase raffle tickets at DCHA throughout the week with the winners announced on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. “We will set up the trees early this year and have them on display the week prior to the December 6 event,” says Deb Crute, director of shelter operations. “The Delaware County Historical Association has generously agreed to sell raffle tickets for us when people visit the Norris Gallery during the week between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. We hope this will allow people to see the trees before the event, give them a chance to enter the raffle and win a tree for the holidays.”
DCHA is open to the public the week of December 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to show the holiday decorations. For more information on DCHA, call 607 746-3489 or visit www.dcha.org.
Thirty tree decorators will stock the holiday fund-raiser with cleverly embellished trees and wreaths. “Thirty pre-lit trees, 15 six-foot and 15 three-foot, will be beautifully decorated and raffled off to the lucky winners to take home,” says Crute. “Individuals will provide the tree trimmings and bring them to the decorating parties held on Saturday, Nov. 29 and Sunday the 30th from noon to 3 p.m. at DCHA.” There will also be beautifully decorated wreaths for sale the day of the event.
“You’d be surprised how creative people get,” continues Crute. “In the past we’ve had themes like ‘Catskill Christmas,’ ‘Santa Paws,’ ‘A Scottish Christmas,’ and ‘Winter Wonderland.’ A few themes for this year’s event include ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ ‘Red Splendor,’ ‘All that Glistens is Gold,’ and ‘Yule Tide Treasures.”
“Winners will take a tree or wreath home on December 6, decorated and ready to place in their home,” adds Bob Peet, Holiday for the Heart co-chairman.
For more information, call Deb Crute at Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, 607 746-3080.