ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Christmas tree supermarket that started 51 years ago is memorialized in the 2014 Albany Easter Seals Christmas Ornament.
Paul Eames started selling Christmas trees in 1963, and his tree lot is the inspiration for this year's Easter Seals ornament.
Members of the Eames family met with Easter Seals officials and the Mayor of Albany to mark the occasion Monday morning. His widow Dot, and children, Glenn and Stacey, were on hand for the honor.
Dot Eames said she was pleased the Easter Seals recognized her husband, because Easter Seals was one of his favorite charities, and meant so much to him all his life.
"All the lives he touched. All the women he got to hug. All the men he got to joke with. I mean it was just great to be a part of so many peoples' lives," his son Glenn said.
Proceeds from the sale of the ornaments benefit Eater Seals of South Georgia, and their mission to provide assistance to developmentally disabled people in the Albany area.
They are $15 each, and can be mailed out for another $2.00. For ordering information, call Sandra Wiley at 229-439-7061, or visit Easter Seals on Palmyra Road in Albany.