Thirty-six real life Christmas trees were delivered to Deniliquin on Saturday, with each destined as a centrepiece for a local home this festive season.
The pine trees were ordered by Naponda Community Store and raised $2000 for the Naponda Hospital Auxiliary, which will be donated to Deniliquin Hospital.
Store manager Jo Nathan said she was delighted with the end result.
‘‘Our aim was 35 orders, so we were pleased to exceed that. We even sold one for the store while we were unloading them.
‘‘We had people still coming into the shop on Monday asking where they could get one. We probably could have ordered 50, so we’ll be doing it again next year.’’
The ‘‘six-foot’’ trees were sourced from a supplier who had been growing them for about four years.
Each was trimmed to create the perfect Christmas tree shape, and their pine scent was described as ‘‘intoxicating’’.
‘‘They smell amazing and will spread true Christmas spirit throughout homes,’’ Mrs Nathan said.
‘‘The trees last for five to six weeks with correct care.’’
Mrs Nathan said the focus for the Naponda Auxiliary at the moment is supplying chairs for the permanent renal dialysis unit, which is being constructed at the hospital.