MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Oregon (STPNS) -- LEABURG: “Buy a tree and support your school” has been the phrase at Spring Creek Holly Farm since 2010. It continues in 2014 during the fifth year of the Give Back To Schools program.

The idea is simple, when buying a Christmas tree mention your school’s name. Spring Creek Holly Farm will then donate 50% of the retail price of that tree to the school.

Over the last four years the program has raised over $18,000 for area schools. Of that amount, over $2,000 was generated for both Walterville School and McKenzie Schools.



Farm manager, Gregg Melland works throughout the year planning for the Christmas Tree season. “We have made improvements in our facilities and the quality of our trees to make this a great family experience” Melland says.

Marilyn Janz runs the front office during the Christmas season. “I love seeing the families arrive with their kids, many of whom we have seen season after season.” Marilyn is also responsible for the hot apple cider offered to warm up Christmas tree hunters.

Operations manager Jim Russell says, “This is a program that is community based. It is up to the schools and the families as to how much money they would like to raise for their school. We do not limit the number of trees or who buys the tree; we are proud to support our schools with a family activity.”

Spring Creek Holly Farm sells primarily Noble fir trees, holly and fir wreaths and holiday greens. Bulk wreath sales for fundraisers are available.

The farm is located at 43111 McKenzie Hwy in Leaburg. Tree sales began the day after Thanksgiving and will continue through December 23rd. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Updates and photos are posted on the Spring Creek Holly Farm Facebook page.