- Nov. 23, 2018
-- On November 21, seventy-seven Christmas trees were delivered to Winter Wonderland, currently under construction at the Osceola Courtyard on the corner of Drew Street and N. Fort Harrison Avenue, in downtown Clearwater. With the trees now at the site, the holiday village is almost ready for Grand Opening on December 1st. The event is sponsored by the Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) and the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization.
The trees arrived after a multi-day trip by truck from a tree farm in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. The staff at the tree farm maintain over 300 acres of planted trees, planting an average of 6,000 trees a year. Before the trees are placed on the truck they are carefully trimmed by hand to create a perfect Christmas tree.
"We are very excited for the grand opening on December 1st
when we will light up the village and see each of the beautifully decorated trees," said Clemence Chevrot, Director of the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center. "Each tree was grown with the utmost care. They were treated with nutrients for growth and taken care of all year so children can enjoy them over the Holidays."
Clearwater's Winter Wonderland, opening December 1st
, is also a food and toy drive for needy children and families. Visitors are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item and put it in Santa's sleigh. All of the donations will be given to The Pinellas Sheriff's Police Athletic League to help families over the holidays.
Winter Wonderland will be open every day from 6pm to 9pm through December 22nd, except on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free but there is a small charge for some activities and the food items in the Hot Chocolate Shop (cash-only transactions)
For more information about Winter Wonderland or the Clearwater Community Volunteers, please visit www.ccvfl.org.About the Clearwater Community Volunteers
Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) is a non-profit, charitable organization made up entirely of volunteers and was founded by parishioners of the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. CCV produces the "Ginormous Easter Egg Hunt" in Coachman Park in Clearwater every spring, Fashions with Flair fundraiser fashion show and Winter Wonderland. CCV gets their inspiration from Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard's article, "Love and Help Children" in his book The Way to Happiness.
CCV has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past 25 years for charities such as Nourish to Flourish, Shriners Hospitals for Children Tampa, Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast, Homeless Empowerment Program, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Police Athletic League and The Children's Home, Inc., the oldest orphanage in Tampa.