The title sounds like a short story, but Christmas Forest is actually a company with a very profitable fundraiser for both groups and individuals. (For more information, see the review we did.) We at The Fundraising Network have seen all sorts of fundraising companies come and go, some of them more quickly than others. Environmentally friendly bug spray was a fundraiser that didn’t seem to last long. What we like to see are fundraising companies that have history, have weathered the years and are still going strong, so that we can recommend them. Christmas Forest is one of those companies.
Rick & Ramona Holt started Christmas Forest in 1976 when they sold wreaths at Pike Place Farmer’s Market in Seattle, WA. There, they learned what gift buyers are looking for in a Christmas wreath and what is important to them. Some of the customers that walked by their booth in Seattle would ask Rick & Ramona to send wreaths to their family, friends and clients across the country. Little by little, they built up that list and earned thousands of loyal customers. One of those customers asked if her national sorority could sell wreaths as a fundraising project and that is how the fundraising program began. Now, Christmas Forest employees about 50 crafts people during the months leading up to Christmas and sends out about 30,000 Christmas wreaths all over the world.