Three local charities and several other non-profit groups received part of a large monetary donation after another successful year at Festival of Trees.

This year’s total raised was $28,600, said Jacqui VanMinsel.

“We want to thank all those that attended our various events over the weekend,” she said. “We also want to thank those who helped decorate inside and out, and then tear down. Many thanks!”

Houston County Food Shelf, Ring and Run and Care and Share all received donations. Those groups are key to helping families in need around the holidays.

A handful of 501c3 groups also received donations from Festival of Trees. The money will help organizations purchase Christmas gifts and food for Christmas dinners or meals in general.

To get involved with Festival of Trees in 2018, contact Jacqui VanMinsel at 507-498-3456.

To volunteer with the Houston County Food Shelf, contact SEMCAC at 507-725-3677.

To volunteer with Houston County Ring and Run, contact them on Facebook at or email them at

To volunteer with Houston County Care and Share, contact Jill Hahn at 507-725-3157.