Vernal Trees for Charity
The theme for the Christmas tree in 2007 was “The Magic of Christmas Is Not in the Presents, but in His Presence.” The tree represented the gift we were all given of the birth of the Savior thousands of years ago that still blesses our lives today and reminds us of the true gift of Christmas. Decorated in rich brown and gold tones, the tree had wooden angels heralding the glorious message they brought, "He is born!" Nestled beneath the tree was a beautiful handcrafted stable which housed the Holy Family. The tree was purchased by Common Sense Inspection, Inc., of Vernal. Michael's foundation would like to thank them for their generous donation and for all those who helped in the design and installation of the tree, especially Andersen Seed of Logan, Utah.
"If You Just Believe" was the theme for the tree entered by the Foundation in the 2006 Trees for Charity event in Vernal, Utah. Adorned with siver and white ornaments, clusters of silver sleigh bells, and large white snowflakes, the tree evoked the feeling of a winter wonderland. The cold, crisp feel of a winter landscape was enhanced by silver icicles hanging from the tree's branches. A Polar Express train circled the bottom of the tree where beautifully wrapped glass blocks awaited Christmas morning. Santa, dressed in rich white robes, stood ready to fill four white stockings.
The tree was purchased by Miles Well Service, Inc., owned by J.C. McCarley. Additional donations were made by Todd and Lonnie Hadlock and Aral and Elaine Allred; we are very appreciative of their generosity. We would also like to express our thanks to those who gave so generously of their time, talents, and means to make the tree so beautiful, especially Anderson Seed (Mark and Ronette Anderson), Elizabeth Fallentine (A Touch of Warmth), Veda Jorgensen, Beulah Gurr, Brett and Zell Allred, Kathy McConkie, and Brooke Andersen.
In November 2005, Michael’s family and friends entered a tree in the annual Vernal Chamber of Commerce Trees for Charity event. The tree’s theme was American Heroes; it honored the sacrifices made by those who serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.
The tree highlighted the friendship between two special friends who both gave their lives in the service of their country in Iraq. Michael J. Allred died on 6 September 2004; his friend, Dale A. Burger, Jr., was killed on 14 November 2004. They began their Marine Corps service together in April 2001 at Camp Pendleton and completed one tour of duty together in Iraq inMarch-May 2003.
The tree was given the People’s Choice Award, an honor voted on by those who attended the three-day event. The tree was purchased by Pete’s Rathole Service, a local oil service company-many thanks to them! Others who donated to make the tree so outstanding were K-Mart, Al's Trophy and Frames, Elizabeth Fallentine (A Touch of Warmth), Rawhide Western, Veda Jorgensen, Maxine Lostetter, Kathy and Carl McConkie, Brett and Zell Allred, and Kim Allred. Just a note of trivia: Michael worked at K-Mart before he joined the Marines; when approached they were so willing to help and donated the tree.