Campus News: Buy A Tree. Change A Life. To Open in Schimmels Park

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Buy A Tree. Change A Life. To Open in Schimmels Park
Merritt Jenkins - 11/14/2020

Buy A Tree. Change A Life. To Open in Schimmels Park


Buy a Tree. Change a Life., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children globally and locally through an annual Christmas tree sale, will once again be stationed at Lee University's Schimmels Park, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 24.


A portion of profits from the Buy a Tree. Change a Life. (BATCAL) tree sale will go to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Bradley and Polk Counties, a non-profit that works alongside community volunteers to make sure the voices of abused and neglected children are heard in court. Another portion will go to fund scholarships for local students.


"People can buy a Christmas tree from a lot of different places, but when they purchase Christmas trees from our Buy a Tree. Change a Life. site, they are making a lasting impact on children," said Dr. William Lamb, director of Lee University's Leonard Center. "We believe every contribution can make a difference, and I look forward to seeing everyone at the tent on opening day."


Santa Claus will be on site from 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 24 and from 2-6 p.m. on Nov. 27. Guests are encouraged to stop by, take a photo with Santa, and grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. There will also be a Kids Corner set up for children to do crafts.


"My family has been participating in Buy a Tree. Change a Life several years now," said Nate Tucker, director of IT systems at Lee and BATCAL co-site director. "We love the program and how it seeks to serve kids. The trees we've gotten the past six years have always been in great condition, and we love what they stand for."


Trees will be sold every day from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., based upon daily sales, excluding Thanksgiving Day. The sale is scheduled to continue until trees sell out.


In an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19, social distancing will be maintained and masks are encouraged.


Those who spend more than $50 will have their name entered into a raffle for the chance to win a laptop computer. Online donations can also be made at


For more information about BATCAL or the Lee site, visit or contact Tucker at or (423) 618-6870.


For more information about CASA, visit

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