"Tree of Hope" fundraiser underway in Grand Island

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions' held their annual "Tree of Hope" fundraiser Friday at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island.

To raise money they are asking people to purchase an ornament for the their "Tree of Hope" to help decorate and inspire those looking to recover.

With stories of addiction, hopelessness and painful childhoods, the fundraiser is bringing a community together, all hoping to get help and recover.

"You have people who are in treatment right now so they don't have a lot of money.
When they see a fun event like this they realize they can be sober and happy. If you are happy and sober you are going to stay sober," said Michael Timmerman, Tree of Hope Project.

You can purchase a variety of ornaments, like a string of lights, snowflake or even an angel to help decorate the tree.

No matter how a person came to be addicted to drugs or alcohol all are welcome.

"I am an adult child of addiction and being able to help kids that are like i was when i was younger and show them that there is another way and it doesn't have to be addiction," said Sandy Yager, Tree of Hope Program.

The Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions is a referral agency and offers everyone support

Along with purchasing an ornament for the "Tree of Hope" you can make a cash donation. they are also in need of toiletries and paper goods, snacks and even accept gift cards to grocery stores and restaurants.

The fundraiser goes until December 31, donations can be dropped off at their offices at 219 W. Second Street in Grand Island.