The Greenfield and District firefighters are inviting the community to join them this holiday season as they light up their corner of the world.
As in previous years, the 38-member department will light a large community tree in Veteran’s Memorial Park, located at the village crossroads in Queens County. This year, they will also sell smaller trees to individuals, families, businesses and community organizations, who will decorate them and place them with community tree at the crossroads.
The department plans to light all the trees on Nov. 29 during a Christmas celebration, including refreshments such as hot dogs and hot chocolate, a bonfire and Christmas music. Santa Claus is also scheduled to make an appearance.
Fire Chief Moyal Conrad said during a recent interview the goal is to boost the morale of the community during a challenging year as the community struggles with health restrictions and economic uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The fire department is the backbone of every community in rural Nova Scotia. Greenfield has a lot of seniors who are still scared of COVID 19 and don’t want to come out,” Conrad said. “If we can brighten up the corner, they can drive down and sit there and look at the Christmas lights. We want to make the holidays more enjoyable for everyone, especially our seniors. We are just trying to get everyone outside, light up the world and help everyone relax.”
Lt. Krista Crouse said many seniors are feeling isolated during the pandemic.
“Hopefully, this will be uplifting and will bring joy at Christmas to seniors whose family members may not be able to come home for Christmas because of the uncertainty around COVID,” she said.
The event is also meant to bring Christmas cheer to other members of the community. The profit from the sale of the trees will be given to the local food bank operated by the Greenfield United Baptist Church. There will also be a dropbox for food donations, which will be given to the food bank.
Crouse said some trees have already been sold. But she is hoping many more will be placed at the crossroads for the tree lighting ceremony.
“I am hoping for 10 or 15 trees to actually spruce up the corner and give hope to those who may have lost hope,” Crouse said.
Rev. Janet Baker, the pastor of the Greenfield United Baptist Church, said the church plans to purchase and decorate one of the trees.
She said the event reflects well on the community of Greenfield.
“It is a good indication of what happens in Greenfield as a community. They are always looking out for one another. This reinforces the idea of community health and wellness. And, for that, I would like to thank the Greenfield Fire Department,” Baker said.
For more information, contact Chief Moyal Conrad at 902 685 2376 or Lt. Krista Crouse at 902-212-1008. Email can be directed to [email protected].