Festival of Trees Kicks Off in Anderson To Raise Money For Sexual Assault Victims

Anderson County volunteers are putting their Christmas spirit to good use, to help victims of sexual abuse.

The Festival of Trees fundraiser kicked off Wednesday at the Civic Center. Decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and gifts made by volunteers are being sold to raise money for Foothills Alliance.

The organization helps more than 500 people, 300 of which are children, in Anderson and Oconee counties, who have been victims of sexual assault.

“Once you’ve been through something like this or a traumatic event like that, the statistics are higher for you to have so many different issues, including drug and alcohol addiction, suicide. It just leads to a lot of other things if left untreated,” said Tracy Bowie, Foothills Alliance Executive Director. “So we provide those counseling services for folks.”

The services of the Foothills Alliance are free.

“So we can help them to get through this and to understand it is not their fault. It is not something they could’ve controlled but that we can help them move on from it,” added Bowie.

All proceeds from the “festival of trees” fundraiser will go to the agency. It’s one of their biggest money raising events of the year.

If you want to help, there are free public viewings of the Festival of Trees Wednesday until 8 p.m, Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Civic Center in Anderson.

You can also get your picture taken with Santa from 5 to 7 Thursday night. The final auction will be Friday night at 6. Tickets for the auction are $45. Those can be bought at the Civic Center or with Foothills Alliance at 864-231-7273.

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