Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Annual Christmas CanTree
What is CanTree?
The Christmas CanTree is an annual fundraising effort of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation to support the Del Oro Division of The Salvation Army. The Christmas CanTree Project raised $90,000 in 2014 and $102,000 in 2015. Since 1983, SAR and the Foundation have raised more than $2.8 million to feed Sacramento’s hungry citizens.
Why Do We Do This?
Every REALTOR® knows that a healthy community is crucial to their success. All the money they raise for CanTree goes directly to The Salvation Army – none of it goes for administration or any other costs.
The funds are used by The Salvation Army to provide holiday food baskets and year–round food assistance programs for needy families and individuals in the Sacramento area. More than 165,000 local individuals are expected to benefit from the funds contributed through CanTree, according to The Salvation Army. CanTree is a critical factor in successfully feeding thousands of people during Christmas time.
The Christmas CanTree is sponsored by SAR, but many organizations and individuals contribute to its success through donations of food, money, or goods and services. SAR Members are encouraged to raise money through their own company efforts and fundraisers.
Why is the Salvation Army the beneficiary of the CanTree?
The Salvation Army is a well-established community organization with over 120 years of service. Their computerized application and review process is one of the most accurate in the area. The Salvation Army also provides a variety of services that go far beyond the holiday food baskets. They provide rental assistance, utility assistance and emergency lodging and shelter, and help families transition from homelessness to independence.
Where is the CanTree built?
When Does it Happen?
Community CanTree campaigns run from September through December. SAR seeks help from corporations and businesses, large and small, throughout the summer and fall.
What are the goals of Christmas CanTree?
The goal for the Sacramento area is to reach a new fundraising record of $100,000. In the span of this project, SAR has raised more than $2 million for The Salvation Army. The ultimate goal of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® is to raise enough money each Christmas to supply The Salvation Army of Sacramento with food for the Holiday Food Basket Program.
How can People Participate?
There are three ways to get involved:
- Individuals or businesses may bring canned food or cash donations to the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® at 2003 Howe Avenue during business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) during the months of November and December. The types of food needed include vegetables, fruit, pasta, beans and soup.
- Individuals or businesses may mail a check for the purchase of food to: The Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, 2003 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825. Checks should be made payable to Salvation Army. All cash and check donations are used solely for the purchase of food.
- Individuals or businesses may donate items that can be used for raffles and for SAR’s silent auctions. Money is raised through the various SAR meetings that are held during the CanTree "season" and used for food purchase.