SYCAMORE, GA - A small effort to bring some Christmas cheer to folks in need has quickly become a Turner County holiday tradition.
It started in a Sycamore woman's house and now her daughter is expanding her mother's goodwill to help many.
Friday night, kicked off the 8th annual Festival of Christmas Trees in Sycamore and organizer Megan Bailey says she wants to continue the charitable contributions her mother once started.
You can feel the Christmas spirit when you enter this Sycamore Barn for the Festival of Christmas Trees.
"Just to be excited about Christmas again and just to be able to walk around and see something you probably haven't seen before and look at the different trees and the different things that we decorate them with," said Megan Bailey, Organizer.
More than 100 themed Christmas trees are filled with lights and decorations.
It's a holiday tradition that was started by Bailey's mother in their house and has since expanded into their barn.
"She's probably one of the most charitable people you'll ever meet and she loves Christmas and loves decorating," said Bailey.
Bailey says the trees and decorations were put up with help from members at Trinity Baptist Church along with others.
"I have a lot of help," said Bailey. I've got my elves. My daughter here who's one of my biggest helpers. She helps decorate and my husband."
She says the whole purpose of the festival is to give back to the community. The entrance fee is non-perishable food items, monetary donations or new, unwrapped toys that will help Turner County families in need.
"Last year we were able to do 16 families and had enough money to buy ham for each family," said Bailey.
They're hoping to help more families this year.
"They come to us or people who knows a family in need suggest them and it's just word of mouth," said Bailey.
Families can also take pictures with Santa and enjoy a Marshmallow fire pit.
The Festival of Christmas Trees will be open every Friday and Saturday up until Christmas from 6 to 9.
If you know of a Turner County family that needs some extra help this holiday, and want to recommend them to organizers you can contact Megan Bailey at 770-601-8374 or Rodney Brown at 229-567-4155.
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