Annual Tree Sale at Loring Greenough House


Celebrate GREEN FRIDAY on November 24th by unloading 500 or so Christmas Trees fresh from Nova Scotia. We receive (and sell) the trees at Loring Greenough House (12 South St).  The time is always difficult to pinpoint, but generally the truck arrives between 4:00PM and 6:00PM.  It takes a crew of 8-10 volunteers about 2 hours to unload and put away the trees.  Last year we had a great crew that included SJC youth, elders, friends and family.  Andrew’s brother came from RI to help and Alison’s mother came all the way from England because they heard how much fun there was to be had!

Warm-up Weekend November 25th & 26th!  The sale starts the weekend after Thanksgiving.  We need a few volunteers the first weekend (it’s a little slow but generally worthwhile), and continues Saturdays and Sundays in December until we sell out.  Sale hours are Saturday & Sunday 10AM – 6PM.  Setup starts at 8:30.  The time commitment for a shift is generally 3-4 hours (8:30AM to Noon, Noon to 400PM, 3:30PM to 6:30PM).  No experience is necessary, there are tasks for most physical abilities, and it really is FUN.  If a standard shift seems daunting, ask about a partial shift or split it with a friend.  We also accept volunteers from outside the parish – invite a friend or co-worker to help.

Three Easy Ways to Volunteer.  Call or text Andrew Schieffelin at 617-524-6933, email to, or sign-up at Coffee Hour.  Also watch for a Sign-Up Genius announcement to signup online.

Buy your Tree from SJC & Tell your Friends & Family too!  We feature fragrant Balsam Fir trees from Nova Scotia in a variety of sizes and grades.  Proceeds of the sale benefit St. John’s Outreach Programs and Loring Greenough House – it’s a great alternative to buying a tree from the large home improvement stores!  In addition to being our largest fundraiser of the year, the Christmas Tree Sale makes us visible in the community.  In fact, there have been a number of people over the years whose first introduction to St John’s was through buying a tree.


Last year's tree sale was a success and also a great time!

Last year's tree sale was a success and also a great time!